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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Postby Henry88 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:14 pm

Set in the 26th century, "Alita: Battle Angel" tells the story of Alita, an amnesiac female cyborg who is rescued from a scrapyard by a doctor. The rebuilt Alita, remembering only her training in a deadly martial art, becomes a hunter-warrior, tracking down and eliminating vicious criminals. Within the context of an epic action-adventure, the film will explore a young woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding love.


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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Dai » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:04 am

Battle Angel Alita is one of my favourite manga, so I had been looking forward to this ever since James Cameron said he was going to direct it back in the late 90s (shortly before he decided to spend a decade tinkering with submarines). It's just a shame that this project only escaped from development hell when Cameron finally gave up on directing it, and handed it over to a director I can't stand, purveyor of B-movie trash, Robert Rodriguez. I can't help but fear that he will focus on the visual excesses and brutality of the setting, and lose the heartfelt and contemplative core of the story in the process.

One interesting thing to note from that synopsis is that the section of the series that's up for adaptation appears to have changed. Cameron originally planned to heavily feature the motorball arc from volume 3, but this synopsis sounds like the hunter-warrior and Yugo arcs from volumes 1 and 2, which were previously adapted into a pair of OAVs in the 90s.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Dai » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:22 pm

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Okay, not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, this looks tonally a lot classier than I expected of Rodriguez, and seems to be focusing on the character relationships instead of just the action. There's also a pretty strong cyberpunk aesthetic on display, though some locations look far too tidy for the Scrapyard. On the other hand, sticking so close to Alita's manga design is going to make it less accessible for general audiences. I'm well aware of the reasons for her looking like this, and I still find it jarring in a live-action movie.

On another point, Jennifer Connelly is playing Chiren, indicating that this is adapting the OAVs instead of the manga, since her role replaced Desty Nova's. That makes sense if they want this to hold up as a stand-alone movie, since Desty Nova's presence would inevitably raise more questions than one movie could answer.

The main problem is that I had no emotional reaction to the trailer, good or bad. That's troubling, considering that Alita is one of my favourite manga, but I'm willing to put it down to this being more of a teaser. With a CG main character, there probably aren't many finished shots this long before release.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Gargantuan Gargantua » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:28 pm

It is a well done effect but it is extremely distracting. James Cameron is attached though so whatever he says, a studio is going to nod uncontrollably at him.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat- ... tle-887797 (Article from 2016)

The movie has not been greenlighted as budgetary issues are still being worked out while the studio seeks to bring it down from the $175 million-$200 million range.


Oh boy... I have a hard time seeing this movie turning a profit. I'd watch it, despite the jarring real doll face of the main character. Good luck getting everybody else to bite.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:47 pm

Man, I don't know.

I feel there should be an appropriate Hannibal Buress gif for this sentiment. Maybe one where he actual says "man, I don't know," but I'm having difficulty finding one. Maybe this will do:

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Anyway, I looked at one of the new hardcovers for the original manga the other day and it looks nifty. It really benifits from the larger format showing off the detail in the artwork.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby jellydonut25 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:17 am

Other than some iffy CGI this looks interesting.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:00 pm

What the "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" is wrong with her face? I think the title of this movie should be Freak the Mighty.

Just what we need, another "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" anime to live action adaptation. Just stop it already guys, enough is enough. When you can't even get something as simple as Ghost in the Shell right, you have no hope. And no, Japan doesn't know how to do live action versions either.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Rody » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:44 pm

^ I don't know if I'd call Ghost in the Shell "simple", although I think I get what you mean.

I'm sorry to say I'm not familiar with the manga, but I am intrigued by this trailer. The CG eyes are weird, for sure, but hopefully it's an aesthetic choice that gets put to good use. Frankly, it's also just kind of funny to actually see anime eyes in live action.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby lhb412 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:06 pm

Hey, those of you interested in reading the manga: the first volume (ebook) of Alita is currently free to read if you have Amazon Prime.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:45 pm

Fox recently moved Alita: Battle Angel out of the summer season to December 21 where it will open alongside WB's Aquaman, Paramount's Bumblebee, and Sony's Holmes & Watson. Every studio comes out swinging when Disney isn't releasing a new Star Wars movie for Christmas. Hopefully this won't actually be a Disney release by that time.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby mr.negativity » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:46 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:Fox recently moved Alita: Battle Angel out of the summer season to December 21 where it will open alongside WB's Aquaman, Paramount's Bumblebee, and Sony's Holmes & Watson. Every studio comes out swinging when Disney isn't releasing a new Star Wars movie for Christmas. Hopefully this won't actually be a Disney release by that time.

Disney Prevails In Hunt For Fox As Comcast Drops Bid
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby jellydonut25 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:31 pm

I think this looks fun.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Dai » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:41 pm

This is looking like a promising adaptation. I was concerned about some aspects of the teaser, like the way they repurposed the context of the, "I'll give you my heart" line, but it looks like this movie will be covering a decent chunk of Alita's character development.

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In the manga, Alita stubbornly offered her heart to a rival as a wager, staking her life on the outcome of a battle.


When the movie was delayed, I suspected they might re-design Alita, given the overwhelmingly vocal reaction people had to how distracting Alita's huge anime eyes are. Looking at the following shot side-by-side, it's clear that they have re-done Alita's look at bit (and changed the colour timing of shots), but they've gone the opposite direction from what I expected. I thought they would make her more realistic, but instead they've rendered her in a softer, even more anime-esque style, probably with the intent of pushing her out the opposite side of the uncanny valley. It's not easy to tell the differences side-by-side, but I've tried overlaying these images and flicking back and forth, and that's definitely a new render. The hair is different, the irises of her eyes are larger and less glassy, and her skin texture is different.

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Somehow it works. By making her more cartoony, she stands out less.

Everything I'm seeing in the new trailer looks promising, and suggests that Rodriguez and Cameron have a good handle on the important aspects of the characters.

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Such as the doll-like, delicate body (and face?) that Ido chooses for her, but which she rejects (along with his attempts to control her life) when she switches to the berserker body.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Benjamin Haines » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:58 pm

mr.negativity wrote:
Benjamin Haines wrote:Fox recently moved Alita: Battle Angel out of the summer season to December 21 where it will open alongside WB's Aquaman, Paramount's Bumblebee, and Sony's Holmes & Watson. Every studio comes out swinging when Disney isn't releasing a new Star Wars movie for Christmas. Hopefully this won't actually be a Disney release by that time.

Disney Prevails In Hunt For Fox As Comcast Drops Bid


Thank you, mr.positivity.


At least Alita: Battle Angel looks cool.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Gargantuan Gargantua » Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:13 pm

I think it technically looks good. Maybe thats because I am expecting a full CGI character. I don't go to the theater much but I will go to see this. Sold.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby sentaison » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:13 pm

Final trailer

https://youtu.be/mEH_mU2Fh9E

This is looking so very good! I'm looking forward to seeing this one in the theater.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:11 pm

I'm actually personally upset this was moved out of December because I usually go see a movie around Christmas and nothing that's left in December looks interesting.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Gargantuan Gargantua » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:49 pm

C'mon they had to move it a couple months in hopes that they would get an extra $10 million on their box office bomb in the making.

I'll be in theaters to see this but I highly doubt this is going to make 2.5 times it's $200 million production budget. I'd like to be wrong, I just don't think I will be.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby lhb412 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:59 pm

I'm getting excited about this one. Each trailer makes the movie look better to my eyes.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Henry88 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:15 pm

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Preview: How Weta Escaped from the Uncanny Valley
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2018)

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:41 pm

Gargantuan Gargantua wrote:C'mon they had to move it a couple months in hopes that they would get an extra $10 million on their box office bomb in the making.

I'll be in theaters to see this but I highly doubt this is going to make 2.5 times it's $200 million production budget. I'd like to be wrong, I just don't think I will be.


James Cameron has wanted this movie to happen for a long time now. To Fox, this is mostly just a down payment on the four Avatar sequels in the pipeline.


I was hoping to see Dark Phoenix on my birthday but I'll happily go to see this instead now that Fox has shuffled their schedule yet again.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Postby lhb412 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:23 pm

I know the popular perception is that this movie will be a flop, and taking that in mind my biggest hope is that this film is an enjoyable, self-contained adventure that can be appreciated on its own without a bunch of table setting for further installments that probably won't come. Nothing wrong with being a one-and-done movie!
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Postby klen7 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:16 pm

they spent how much on this? :shock:
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Postby O.Supreme » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:53 pm

lhb412 wrote: Nothing wrong with being a one-and-done movie!


Agreed 100%. The OVA based on the manga was just two 30 minute episodes(which could easily be considered just a single film). I never read the Manga, but the 2 part OVA was pretty good IIRC, its been so long since I've seen it. It just seems like a really odd choice for a film. I mean I remember back in the 90's when I was watching as much anime as I could (renting almost anything a video store had to offer), Battle Angel Alita was probably one of the better ones I watched, but ultimately forgettable. I just wonder sometimes what prompts someone to make a choice like this, when there are hundreds of anime options to shoose from. I guess it's about how someone decides a series of novels would make a good film, or series of films.
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Re: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:48 pm

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Early Buzz: People Love Robert Rodriguez’s Weird-Looking Sci-Fi Epic
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