Based on the manga series by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel tells the story of a discarded cyborg restored by a doctor who happens upon her body. Alita is trained as a bounty hunter, who goes through life trying to remember what happened to her in a past life, using only a handful of discarded memories as clues. Maze Runner star Rosa Salazar, with some help from face-altering special effects, stars as the main character.
The manga was released in 1990, and led to a couple of spinoffs called Battle Angel Alita: Last Order and Gunnm: Mars Chronicle. Cameron and Rodriguez’s film will focus on the core of the story, according to Cameron. The project was first licensed in 1999, and the project has been in some state of development since then.
Rodriguez, best known for Sin City, Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn and Machete, directs from his own script, which he penned with Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Altered Carbon) . Alita: Battle Angel will be released on Dec. 21, 2018.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated the movie would be released on July 22.