Alita: Battle Angel Movie production


Alita: Battle Angel

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20th Century Fox  United States

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Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.
the official version from on December 9, 2017

Set in the 26th century, an amnesiac female cyborg is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor, who names her after his deceased cat. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. She goes on a journey of self-discovery and finding love.
a modified formulation from on May 29, 2016

Production History as of December 9, 2017



Starts shooting this month in Austin, TX.


An October 2016 production start in Austin is being targeted.


Fox is planning a fall 2016 start of production with a 2018 release.


No start date has been set yet; Rosa Salazar will star in the lead role.


Robert Rodriguez is in negotiations to direct the live action adaptation of the manga graphic novels. Last announced in December 2005.


James Cameron said he'll be busy with Avatar sequels through 2015, but he still wants to direct Battle Angel