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Cameron’s Battle Angel – Footage has been seen

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

battle angel alitaJames Cameron’s Battle Angel is the adaptation of the graphic novels and comics from Yukito Kishiro called Battle Angel Alita. Cameron has been working on this for a long, long time. Now it looks as if things are moving forward as some test footage has been made. It looks as if once Avatar is out then Cameron will start working full steam ahead on this one.

Filmstalker came across the following from someone who has seen the test footage and it does sound mighty cool.

”Imagine this for a second. A cyborg chick “the Angel of Death” taking out “a lot” of other part man, part machine type “people”…Now picture the “Angel of Death” looking like a child. a 14 year old. Now imagine this, this little girl goes through these guys like butter. Did you see the KICK-ASS trailer? Well imagine that girl via the Matrix via Ghost in the shell, via AI. “Remember the True Lies bathroom brawl?” Well take out Arnold, and “copy and paste” Bruce Lee on acid via the Terminator. as seen through the eyes of a sweet innocent 14 year old cyborg girl. And all of this done via the mind of James Cameron, Holy shit what is not to love? The lights flicker and shit hits the fan. Awesome stuff.”

How does that grab you?

I’ve never read any of the comic that this is based on so I don’t really know what to expect from it but I sure would like to see what they describe above.

Wiki have this to say about the comic – Battle Angel Alita tells the story of Alita (“Gally” in the original Japanese version), an amnesiac female cyborg. This cyborg’s intact head and upper torso are found in a state of suspended animation by the cybermedic expert Daisuke Ido while he is out searching for useful scrap. Ido manages to revive her, and upon finding that the girl has lost her memory, he names her Alita after his recently deceased cat. The rebuilt Alita soon discovers that she possesses instinctive knowledge of the legendary martial art Panzer Kunst, although she has no other memories of her previous life. Alita uses her Panzer Kunst as a link to her lost past, which leads her to first becoming a mercenary Hunter-Warrior, killing cyborg criminals in the Scrapyard, and then a player in the brutal sport of Motorball. While pushing her limits in combat, Alita awakens memories of her earlier life on Mars. She becomes entangled in the machinations of Tiphares as one of their agents, and is sent to hunt those who wish to bring the floating city down. Foremost among these is the mad genius Desty Nova, who clashes with Alita before becoming her ally. Together, they take on the dark secrets of Tiphares.

13 Responses to “Cameron’s Battle Angel – Footage has been seen”

  1. anotherzen said

    never read the manga, but i have seen the OVA’s; classic.

  2. pjowens75 said

    It’s one of my favorite mangas, and Cameron’s been talking about it for years. Glad to see it might finally become a reality. Maybe I missed it, but I can’t tell if it’s going to be live-action or CGI.

  3. Pat said

    live action.
    i call that little “review” bs thou. in the end it will just be a massively watered down version of machine girl, at best. no way cameron would produce anything with the gore factor of kickass. not saying its got a huge one, which it hasnt….but he wont even reach that level of awesomeness.

  4. Cello said

    An awesome manga, can’t wait for this!

  5. anotherzen said

    I don’t recall 100% but i think Alita herself would be fully CGI and the rest of the movie.. who knows.
    Could be they are taking it back a notch from Avatar tho, not going so heavily on the CGI for landscapes aso.

    • anotherzen said

      who knows = who knows how much of the movie is going to be CGI.

      cameron said:
      There are actually three technologies we designed from scratch for this movie. One was the fusion, 3D camera system, which would have a big role in ‘Battle Angel’ because it’s more live-action by proportion. The other one is the facial performance capture, which would allow us to create Alita that way.”
      But perhaps the most important technological advancement is the Simulcam. “[It’s] a real time tracking system that used the motion capture infrastructure on a live action stage, so that when I look through the eyepiece of my 3D camera, I see the set extensions as they will be,”

      So they might keep it to a “minimum” ^^

  6. Ken said

    I can see this movie utilizing sets that have a rugged, trashy “Blade Runner” sort of look, the type of place you can expect to see cyborg criminals jumping at you behind every trash can. Alita (or Gally) must be CG, there is no other way to portrey her. The only other things that may be CG are the cyborg people she kills/destroys/maims, etc… This sounds like a real winner.

  7. SeeleBob said

    I call shenanigans on this story. While Cameron’s Battle Angel has been in the pipeline. He’s still going full tilt on Avatar right now. Where would he have the time for them to do something that far along on Battle Angel. I would expect something like test footage for next years Comic-con maybe but not during crunch time for Avatar.

    • liveforfilms said

      Very true and it was apparantly a studio insider who apparantly saw the footage. However, Cameron has been messing around with the Battle Angel film for years so there could well be some test footage in some form knocking around. I keep looking for confirmation on the story either way.

      Nice use of shenanigans by the way. I love that word

  8. This sounds like purest BS to me I’m afraid… If you asked me to describe what I thought a clip of James Cameron’s Battle Angel would look like, this is almost exactly what I would guess…

    Besides, hasn’t Cameron been a bit busy in post production with that other movie of his recently – I too cry shenanigans.

  9. Lawrence DeMeza II said

    Could be real. I could go even further and ask a close friend of mine who works as an animator if he’s seen the same footage or more. What bugs me is why they always refer to it as BATTLE ANGEL. The original manga and anime OVA’s were called GUNNM, then retitled for an American audience/readers much like many Kung Fu films in the 70’s and 80’s, adding to much confusion for collector’s. The animated GUNNM was released under the BATTLE ANGEL title, but has been ‘out of print’ for years, possibly due to Cameron’s “in the works” film project.

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