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Did a couple of searches but no topic on this. I expected to find a 10-12 year old thread that had Cameron directing it. Anyway, a while ago it was announced that James Cameron would produce the long-in-development movie, with Robert Rodriguez directing. It's seemingly been made under the radar and today, with almost no fanfare, the first trailer has come online.

 

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Rosa Salazar stars in the title role, along with Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earl Haley, Ed Skrein, Eiza Gonzales, Lana Condor, Leonard Wu, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali.

 

Set in the 26th century, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by Dyson. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film aims to explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.

 

James Cameron had been developing the big screen adaptation for more than a decade, but now that he’s is in pre-production on four Avatar sequels, he has his hands a little full and turned the Alita reins over to Sin City director Robert Rodriguez. The film is now in post-production and slated for a July 20, 2018 release.

 

 

 

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I watched the anime yeeeeeeeeeeears ago and the above trailer reminded me of certain bits of it.

 

Not sure about this live action adaptation but it's got one hell of a cast. 

 

Also, Alita looks like Elizabeth from Bio Infi.

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The comic has always been a personal favourite but what. In. Gods. Name. Is. That. Face. About?

 

Anime eyes don't work with photo real visuals. They look hideous.

 

Shut it down.

 

EDIT: This is probably the only reason for the new hardcover editions of the manga though so... swings and roundabouts?

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I've never read the manga or seen the anime but I was interested in this since I first heard, in about 2005 or so, that it and Avatar ("Project 880" at the time) would be Cameron's next two projects. Didn't Cameron once say that he was essentially making Avatar in order to develop the technology that would be needed to make this - or possibly the other way round?

 

I followed every piece of news about it that I could, until eventually it changed hands to Robert Rodriguez. And I don't think I've heard anything about it since.

 

My first impression of the trailer is that it seems to be doing for anime eyes what Spielberg's Tintin did for Hergé clear line characters.

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Just now, Nick R said:

My first impression of the trailer is that it seems to be doing for anime eyes what Spielberg's Tintin did for Hergé clear line characters.

 

Shitting it all up the wall?

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Looks fine. Weird CG girl looks great actually, and intentionally weird-looking.

 

It does look about 10-12 years too late though, oddly enough. Like we’ve seen it all before.

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WHAT. THE. FUCK.

 

KILL IT WITH FIRE!!

 

That looks fucking awful! Nobody, at no stage during the production, bothered to notice that those eyes look horrible? Why do such a thing? Presumably the actress has eyes of her own - just use those! Damn that's the stuff of nightmares. Christ.

 

I'm not really into anime or manga, but there's a few I really like. The original manga (excluding the disappointing Last Order stuff) is one of my all-time favourite comics in general, east or west. The anime was okay, and I was willing to put up with a lot for this movie just because it's Alita. But fuck me, I don't think I'd be able to sit through this with those freaking eyes even if it was the best movie ever made. Whyyyyyy

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I was thinking initially you lot were all making a mountain out of a mole hill as usual, but then, after the first few seconds of that trailer, holy shitting fuck.

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We should all be so lucky to be in on the ground floor of a truly singular creative error.

 

Uncomplementary comparisons to that uncanny Galaxy chocolate ad are surely on the way. 

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Remember when Robert Rodriguez was an exciting promising director. Seems so long ago now.

 

”Does it bother you I'm not completely human?"

"No it bothers me you look like Marty Feldman cosplaying as Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.”

 

I predict this will do about as well as Ghost in the Shell did. Actually probably worse as it doesn’t even have the ScarJo star power to try and get people in.

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I've been waiting fucking decades for this, and that is the look they went with? After the disaster of Ghost in the Shell and the extremely likely outcome of Alita bombing hard, Akira will get shit canned and anime adaptations will be fucked for a decade. Well played you morons.

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"Terminator Genysis is great!"

"Avatar two will feature loads of child actors who won't be annoying at all!"

"Alita is a dream project and my company will ensure the quality is there"

 

Cameron is the next George Lucas

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Looks like dog shit. Battle Angel is by far my favourite manga series, but this looks fucking stupid. Why have just one character with crazy manga features? 

 

I wish they’d just give up on adapting manga and anime into movies. The Hollywood machine just can’t do it and it’s an embarrassing waste of everyone’s time and effort.

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On 09/12/2017 at 08:52, Talvalin said:

I've been waiting fucking decades for this, and that is the look they went with? After the disaster of Ghost in the Shell and the extremely likely outcome of Alita bombing hard, Akira will get shit canned and anime adaptations will be fucked for a decade. Well played you morons.

 

Isn’t that a good thing? In a world of pointless things, live action anime adaptations are amongst the most pointless. The only one that was ever any good was Tokyo Doomed Megalopolis, and that was totally incomprehensible.

 

I thought that trailer looked okay...or at least as okay as all the generic superhero crap we get these days is, anyway. I didn’t find the eye thing an issue at all, just looked how it was supposed to be.

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