"I was just blown away, it's really extraordinary..." - hmv.com talks to the cast and director of Alita: Battle Angel
Back in 1999, director James Cameron acquired the rights to adapt Yukito Kishiro's cyberpunk manga series Battle Angel Alita for the big screen, with the intention of writing and directing a movie based around the story's cyborg heroine himself. If everything had panned out as originally planned, we could have been watching that movie as far back as 2005, but then, thanks to advances in CG technology, Cameron was presented with an opportunity to make another film he had written some years earlier: Avatar.
Alita: Battle Angel was subsequently placed on the back-burner, where it stayed for over a decade before a conversation between Cameron and his friend, fellow director Robert Rodriguez, resulted in Cameron handing over the reins. Rodriguez condensed Cameron's lengthy script and recruited an impressive cast which includes Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali and Rosa Salazar, the latter taking on the role of the film's titular hero.
For those who aren't familiar with Kishiro's manga, the story revolves around a cyborg retrieved from a junkyard and reconstructed by the scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Waltz), who names her Alita after his late daughter. When Alita reawakens she has lost all of her memories, but soon finds that she is a target for unscrupulous entrepreneur Vector (Ali) and a shadowy figure named Nova, who has the ability to transfer his mind into others' bodies.
With the film arriving on DVD shelves on Monday (July 22nd), we sat down with director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau and stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Keean Johnson to talk about bringing Alita to the big screen.
Watch our interviews with the director, producer and cast below...