Alita: Battle Angel is a film based on Battle Angel Alita that is produced by James Cameron, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and is written by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. The film was released on February 14, 2019 in the United States.



Director James Cameron reportedly began conceptualizing a live-action adaptation of Battle Angel as early as the late 1990s, and following the release of his film Avatar, was said to be in pre-production in 2010[2]. Cameron is said to be a big fan of the manga. The release date for the film was initially set for 2016.[2] Cameron intentionally waited until the technology to make the film was up to where he felt it should be. Originally, when MTV News talked to Cameron about the possibility of adapting the series, the director responded with, "Maybe, maybe."[3] Cameron's film would be a live-action adaption of the first three volumes of the manga series.[4] He plans to complete a trilogy if the first film is successful. In addition, the film would be filmed with the digital 3D system Cameron developed for Avatar.

On February 19, 2010 Avatar producer Jon Landau further hinted on the online MTV Splash blogpage that Battle Angel Alita may be filmed after Avatar 2, which as also in predevelopment.[5] He also half-jokingly stated that James Cameron may rename the project "Alita: The Battle Angel," because of his tradition in naming his films with either an "A" or a "T."[5]

Production of both Battle Angel and Avatar 2 was repeatedly delayed after the initial 2010 announcement. Ultimately, the former -- which, despite Landau's jest, was indeed titled Alita: Battle Angel -- entered production first, due largely to Robert Rodriguez agreeing to take on the job of directing the film, with Cameron as producer and co-writer; Landau also produced. Rosa Salazar as cast as Alita, Christoph Waltz as Dr. Ido, Ed Skrein as Zapan and Jackie Earl Haley as Grewishka.

Shooting began on October 17, 2016 and ended on February 9, 2017.[6] Initially announced for release in 2018 in July of that year it was later pushed to December before finally settling for February 2019.



  1. Dr. Grant discusses STARSHIP TROOPERS, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, and more with Casper Van Dien!!
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Cameron Planning 'Avatar' Trilogy
  3. Battle Angel Alita Could Be Next for the Avatar Treatment
  4. Cameron turns to new project Accessed 2006-10-18
  5. 5.0 5.1 «Alita: Battle Angel after Avatar 2
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