In cinemas this week is the new Robert Rodriguez film Alita: Battle Angel. The film, adapted from the manga Battle Angel: Alita by Yukito Kishiro, sees Rodriguez teaming up with Hollywood legend James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar), along with producing partner Jon Landau, as well as on-screen talent like Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connoly, Mahershala Ali and Rosa Salazar, who plays the title character.
We caught up with Rodriguez to talk about his new film, how he first got involved with it, and what it was like working with his biggest budget yet. It has been nearly three decades since the filmmaker made his legendary debut with the film that cost just $7000, El Mariachi, and Alita: Battle Angel reportedly cost somewhere between $150 and $200 million. That’s quite a journey, and if you read our review, you know we absolutely loved it.
From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
Alita: Battle Angel is now playing in cinemas.