”In the twenty-sixth century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist.” - and in the 21st century today, we get a trailer for James Cameron’s “ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL” - an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro 1990 “GUNNM” / “Battle Angel Alita” manga+OVA - now a live-action feature film from 20th Century Fox, to be directed by Robert Rodriguez!
Hollywood has yet again adapted a manga into a live-action cinematic extravaganza, with bringing the mobile phone app to enlarge folks’ eyes to full cinematic glory! LOL
I’m not knocking it as much as I have a feeling the general masses might give leeway to the decision to get used to the visual aesthetics, because “James Cameron”, so perhaps everyone could get on board the “visionary filmmaker”-schtick - the same folks who might have missed out on jumping on during the “Avatar” period?
Be that as it may, I personally am willing to give it a benefit of the doubt for the time being, like I did Rupert Sanders’ “GHOST IN THE SHELL” … I reckon there’s no sense in getting “disappointed” with anything until after seeing it in it’s entirety … and that there’ll be PLENTY of time to “dislike” afters, innit? LOL :)
Screengrabs for the full trailer of #ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL FTW! From Manga to live action silver screens, producer #JamesCameron brings the mobile phone app to enlarge folks’ eyes to full cinematic glory in this adaptation of #YukitoKishiro’s #GUNNM! View the full trailer #onTOYSREVIL: http://bit.ly/2kFKD3X … and/or on #popcornX: http://bit.ly/2nJydsI .. and view more screengrans on #TOYSREVILX on #facebook: http://bit.ly/2kd62xt Directed by: #RobertRodriguez Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez Based on the Graphic Novel ("Manga") Series: "Gunnm" By Yukito Kishiro Produced by: James Cameron and #JonLandau Cast: #RosaSalazar, #ChristophWaltz, #JenniferConnelly, #MahershalaAli, #EdSkrein, #JackieEarleHaley, #KeeanJohnson #AlitaBattleAngel is in U.S. theaters July 20, 2018.
Seen from the trailer, the visuals here are “interesting” but somewhat “generic” - undoubtably amidst our collective absorption of video game design, anime/animated, cyber-punked worlds of the maybe-apocalyptic urban future … and truthfully, nothing shown thus far could distract from seeing Alita’s enlarged “anime-eyes”, alas.
You can continue gawking at more screen grabs since uploaded on TOYSREVILX Facbook, while you can scroll on down further below to see the OVA for “Battle Angel Alita” (FULL 55+ minutes / in Japanese language with English subtitles).
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez
Based on the Graphic Novel ("Manga") Series: "Gunnm" By Yukito Kishiro
Produced by: James Cameron and
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
#AlitaBattleAngel is in U.S. theaters July 20, 2018.
PLOT: "Battle Angel Alita tells the story of Alita ("Gally" in the original Japanese version), an amnesiac female cyborg. Her intact head and chest, in suspended animation, are found by cybermedic expert Daisuke Ido in the local dump. Ido manages to revive her, and, finding she has lost her memory, names her Alita after his deceased cat. The rebuilt Alita soon discovers that she remembers the legendary martial art Panzer Kunst, although she does not recall anything else. Alita uses her Panzer Kunst to first become a mercenary Hunter-Warrior, killing cyborg criminals in the Scrapyard, and then as a player in the brutal sport of Motorball. While in combat, Alita awakens memories of her earlier life on Mars. She becomes involved with the floating city of Tiphares as one of their agents, and is sent to hunt criminals down. Foremost is the mad genius Desty Nova, who clashes with Alita before becoming her ally.
The futuristic dystopian world of Battle Angel Alita revolves around the city of Scrapyard, grown up around a massive scrap heap that rains down from Tiphares (Salem in the anime). Ground dwellers have no access to Tiphares and are forced to make a living in the sprawl below. Many are heavily modified by cybernetics to better cope with their hard life.
Tiphares exploits the Scrapyard and surrounding farms, paying mercenaries (called Hunter-Warriors) to hunt criminals and arranging violent sports to keep the population entertained. Massive tubes connect the Scrapyard to Tiphares, and the city uses robots for carrying out errands and providing security on the ground. Occasionally, Tiphareans (such as Ido Daisuke and Desty Nova) are exiled and sent to the ground. Aside from the robots and exiles, there is little contact between the two cities.
The story takes place in the former United States. According to a map, printed in the eighth volume, Scrapyard/Tiphares is near Kansas City, Missouri, and the Necropolis is Colorado Springs, Colorado. Radio KAOS is at Dallas. Figure's coastal hometown is Alhambra. Desty Nova's Granite Inn is built out of a military base – NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado." (Wiki)