While a lot of big blockbusters and comic book adaptations are pieces with legions of fans with intimate familiarity with the source material, this year’s Alita: Battle Angel is a bit different. While the manga has been available for decades, the number of people who have actually read it is relatively small.
As such, there are very few fans out there hoping for them to do right by the source material (though I’m sure there are plenty of us out there who just want this to be a good movie). Of course, that all starts with the script, and while Robert Rodriguez and Laeta Kalogridis both made passes at the script, James Cameron himself was another main writer.
Speaking with Collider, star Rosa Salazar talked up the script and writer/producer James Cameron, along with writer/director Robert Rodriguez.
“The script was quite phenomenal. It really did justice to the Japanese graphic novels, and Robert has done such extraordinary work, especially with graphic novels. They both make these immersive worlds, and they are usually inhabited by a strong female character.”
While I was personally very skeptical about this story after witnessing the adaptation of Ghost in the Shell (a well-meaning film, but one that I think missed the mark), I was worried it would carry a similar tone and style as Ghost. After witnessing that first trailer, though, I grew excited at the possibility at witnessing this futuristic world.
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