Alita: Battle Angel seems to have been forgotten, with Ghost in the Shell getting all the publicity, both good and bad. The film is a retelling of Yukito Kishiro’s epic 1990’s sci-fi manga/anime by Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron.
According to Screen Rant, there have been reports that Zendaya has been included on the shortlist for the role of the film’s protagonist. The singer and Disney Channel star has starred in Disney sitcoms Shake It Up! and Frenemies and has recently landed a role in Spider-man: Homecoming.
Other actresses on the short list include Zendaya’s Shake It Up co-star Bella Thorne, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Rosa Salazar, and Maika Monroe, who will play Patricia Whitmore in this year’s upcoming Independence Day: Resurgence.
Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of female cyborg Alita who, after being found and put together by a scientist, remembers nothing about her past except her deadly martial arts skills. Alita goes on to become a bounty hunter and embarks on an epic story to rediscover her past.
According to an exclusive report on The Hollywood Reporter, James Cameron will partner with his own company Lightstorm Entertainment to produce the film with Robert Rodriguez as the director. Lightstorm is known for producing Cameron’s billion-dollar blockbuster Avatar. Alita: Battle Angel has yet to receive a go signal but is rumored to be a big budget film with an estimated budget of $200 million.
There has been a growing trend in adapting classic manga/anime series into live action feature films. With previous adaptations Dragonball and Kite, and now, Battle Angel Alita and Ghost in the Shell, the Japanese industry has found a new territory to explore. Western fans of anime certainly want more film adaptations of their favorite series to give more power to manga/anime in western countries as a whole.