– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Alita: Battle Angel, the forthcoming film from director Robert Rodriguez is based on the manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, which was published under the title Battle Angel Alita when it reached the states. The manga tells the story of an android who was discovered in a trash heap and fixed up by a cybermedic and virtually treated like a daughter.

Of course, as with any adopted daughter, she starts to wonder about her past, and her journey of self-discovery takes her down a new and dangerous path that in an already-violent world. The manga isn’t really the first one most people would turn to for a Hollywood adaptation, but it’s the one producer James Cameron has had in the works for years. Now, with Rodriguez at the helm, it’s finally becoming a reality.

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Below is the official synopsis for Alita: Battle Angel:

“From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.”

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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.