Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cameron Plugs Into "Battle Angel Alita"

Following the success of "Avatar", director James Cameron will sequel his 'Pandora' universe with more "Avatar" stories, as well as continue developing other projects including the long-gestating adaptation of Japanese anime comic book "Battle Angel Alita".

Known in Japan as 'Gunnm', the manga series was created in 1990 by Yukito Kishiro, originally published in 'Shueisha's Business Jump' magazine.

Set in the 26th Century, "Battle Angel Alita" follows the story of 'Alita', an amnesiac female cyborg, whose body is found in a state of suspended animation by 'cybermedic' expert 'Daisuke Ido'.

Naming her 'Alita' after his recently deceased cat, Ido revives and rebuilds the girl, discovering she possesses an instinctive knowledge of the martial art 'Panzer Kunst', although she has no other memories of a previous life.

Alita uses Panzer Kunst as a link to a lost past, leading her to become a mercenary 'Hunter-Warrior', killing cyborg criminals in the 'Scrapyard' and in the brutal sport of 'Motorball'. Then while pushing her limits in combat, Alita awakens memories of an earlier life on Mars.

Cameron's feature would be a live-action adaption of the first three volumes of the manga series in a trilogy, lensed with the digital 3D system he developed for "Avatar"...