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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from director Robert Rodriguez. Sure, he only made Sin City: A Dame to Kill For a few years back, and he always seems to be added to projects, but the actual frequency of his releases has slowed since the mid-2000s.

Like filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, he seems to get added to dozens of projects before dropping out due to scheduling reasons. In the mix of all of Rodriguez’s project was an adaptation of the manga series Battle Angel Alita. However, since earlier this year, news about Alita Battle Angel (the new title) has been pretty nonexistent.

Now, seemingly out of the blue, 20th Century Fox has released a tease for the upcoming trailer, which is set to hit today!

Alita Battle Angel is based on the Battle Angel Alita manga by Yukito Kishiro. It ran in Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995. In the United States, it was originally published as a 25-page comic book. The manga was later adapted into a two-episode original video animation in 1993, which is likely where a lot of its American audience was born.

The story follows a cyborg named Alita, who is found in the trash. She has no memory of her past, and she goes on to become a bounty hunter. The story follows her slowly regaining her memories.

Without a doubt, given the cyborg nature of the story (as well as the Japanese origin), there will be a lot of parallels drawn to Ghost in the Shell. We’re excited to see what the film actually brings to the table.

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SOURCE: 20th Century Fox

  • TheOct8pus

    Will this movie be mired in whitewashing scandals too?

    • Momitchell

      I sure hope so… smh

  • axebox

    Uh oh…

  • Broian

    Always hoped Cameron would make time for this. Alas, let’s see what RR brings.

  • Excited (begin mantra: Please don’t be shit…please don’t be shit)

    Just from the teaser, I’m liking the aesthetic of the cybernetics.

    Questions:
    – Assuming that’s Ido, where’s his Tipharean forehead stamp?
    – No gel for his hair, I am disappoint
    – I hope they re-design that logo…it looks so cheap, it has the stink of failure all over it and after anticipating this for so long, I don’t want this to fail

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.