Originally posted by reutersJames Cameron is moving forward on his long-awaited follow-up to "Titanic," with a casting call going out for an agile young actress to star in his sci-fi thriller "Battle Angel."
"Battle Angel" is described as a big-budget adaptation of a 12-part Japanese manga series set in the 26th century that centers on 14-year-old female cyborg named Alita. Production is scheduled to begin in February.
I like many of JC's movies. I love the concept. I may even see this one in the theater! (and that's rare...)
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Wow. 10 years between big budget movies. Cameron has a good track record, so I hope it'll be good. Still, sounds (sort of) similar to the ill-fated Dark Angel. Not exactly, of course, (one was a 14-year-old agile young actress, the other was 20-year-old agile young Jessica Alba) but I really hope he's doing something different and kick-ass with this idea.
This actually sounds like a merger of Dark Angel and Terminator, so it remains to be seen how fresh this actually is. I've never been a huge fan of Jim Cameron the director, though he does have a couple of classics under his belt.
"Oh, gosh, you know, I'm not much on speeches, but it's so gratifying to leave you wallowing in the mess you've made. You're screwed, thank you, bye."
Heck Dark Angel ws pretty close to Gunnm is some respects so it makes sense that Cameron would look for a property that sunched up. It also matches up with Cameron using a strong female protagonist liek in all of his other movies.
Man. What's up with the "kick ass girl heroine" thing so many movies are featuring these days? It's becoming cliche. Of course, "kick ass male heroes" are even more cliche, but how many movies do we need with women flipping around the screen and shooting stuff? I wish someone would do a spoof of stuff like Dark Angel, Aeon Flux, Kill Bill and Trinity from the Matrix.
YESSSSSSSSS!!! I'm SO tempted to take the remainder of work off in celebration. Apologies in advance for my blatant shilling.
I'm probably the biggest Alita/Gunnm fanboy in existence, and I literally got chills just reading the header from my brain speculating for that five seconds before I clicked the link and saw that my favorite comic epic was REALLY going to be filmed.
And if anyone can do it justice, it's Cameron. In retrospect, I'm glad the project was put aside for so long, now that I've seen what today's technology is capable of in films like the LoTR trilogy. I demand no spared expense.
I encourage ALL of you to trek over to your local Barnes & Noble or Borders and pick up one (or all!) of the original graphic novels, as well as the Last Order series (a broader in scope, revisionist continuation of Alita's saga), which is still currently being updated with new volumes in the states.
Author and illustrator Yukito Kishiro has a bit of the crazy, so expect dark, off-kilter imagery and somewhat disjointed storytelling. But he more than makes up for it with his memorable characters (especially the "villans"), concepts, and artwork (he really hits his stride stylistically and technically after the first few novels). Also, I would recommend passing on the anime.
If you're interested in more info, check out some reviews over at Amazon.com. They can present it better than I. I'm too excited.
DREAM CASTING NOTES: Johnny Depp as Desty Nova would make me cry big, manly tears of joy. And while Jessica Alba as the lead may sound like an obvious choice to some, I guarantee it would RUIN the film's potential. Please please NO Alba. Cast an unknown before Alba.
EDIT: After further retrospectactivity, I've decided to simmer down a notch. The only time I was anywhere close to being this excited about a film announcement was for Aliens vs. Predator. And that movie done broke my heart.
It was a Manga first, then became an Anime, which had only one or two episodes.
If we're gonna hope and pray for someone to play the main character I'd go with Stephanie Leonidas, from MirrorMask. Though, let's wait and see, the concept of the story could be remarkably changed so it may not matter who they get.
Originally posted by Parts UnknownMan. What's up with the "kick ass girl heroine" thing so many movies are featuring these days? It's becoming cliche. Of course, "kick ass male heroes" are even more cliche, but how many movies do we need with women flipping around the screen and shooting stuff? I wish someone would do a spoof of stuff like Dark Angel, Aeon Flux, Kill Bill and Trinity from the Matrix.
Interstinlgy enough I see a lot of differences between these characters (other than women that kick ass) unlike the many male heroes. Seems at least that these ladies had more of a backstory to them which sets them apart compared to the many "They took everything he held dear so now he is out for vengeance" male movies.*
Not too familiar with the Alita mangas and animes but it could be good.
* Yes, characters like The Bride were also out for vengeance but at least the setting and background were a tad more unique.
(edited by dMp on 9.12.05 1108) *sigh* Why bother?
The thing is, if there is one Director I could see pulling off a live action adaptation of Alita it is Cameron. Hell I bet he could make an excellent adaptation of any Shirow manga (I can see him pulling off an intense and realistic Ghost In The Shell or Appleseed).