Alita: Battle Angel is an upcoming American cyberpunk action film, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm (a.k.a. Battle Angel Alita). Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau, the film is directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Production and release were repeatedly delayed due to Cameron’s work on Avatar and its sequels. The film stars Rosa Salazar in the title role, with supporting roles portrayed by Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson. It is scheduled to be released on February 14, 2019 in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D.
In February 2010, producer Jon Landau commented during an interview that he was trying to convince Cameron to change the film’s title to Alita: Battle Angel, stating, “I’m telling people that we have to call it Alita: Battle Angel, because Jim only does T&A movies,” he said.Landau also revealed that screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis had worked on writing the film.
In August 2010, Cameron stated that the film was “still on [his] radar”, but he didn’t know when he would make it.However, that October, he confirmed that his next films would be two Avatar sequels instead of Battle Angel. He still stated that he did not intend to abandon the film, stating that he loved the project too much to hand it off to another director, but reiterated in June 2011 that it would not be produced until the two Avatar sequels were completed,stating that “…Battle Angel is not going to happen for a few years.” According to Cameron, his reason for producing Avatar first is because he believes that the film can raise public awareness of the need for environmental protection.