Alita: Battle Angel was going to be 20th Century Fox’s massive holiday tentpole until they moved the $200 million plus budgeted effects-heavy action film into 2019. The idea was to avoid a messy box office fight with other tentpoles such as Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman, and Bumblebee.
There is a good chance that with less competition the film will do better with a global audience but it remains to see if the manga/anime adaption will resonate with American audiences. If Ghost In The Shell, one of the more popular source materials in this genre can’t make it (whitewashing was a concern early on) than an even more obscure title like Alita: Battle Angel might have a tough go of things. While the fantastical effects of the film might impress those that do manage to watch it, I’m a little hesitant about the film’s domestic appeal considering it’s coming from an older IP that hasn’t had as large of an impact as things like Akira, Ghost In The Shell or Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z.
James Cameron’s involvement certainly helps, but this is most definitely at the end of the day a Robert Rodriguez film. A filmmaker not always known for his emotional characters and flawless effects work (CGI is primarily used in his films for younger audiences which are mostly clunky and cheap looking).
From the footage I’ve seen, I’m slightly puzzled why Alita needs to be an entirely CGI character and the stylistic choice of the anime bug-eyes bothers me to no end, but I’m going to give this a chance since I’ve been waiting for almost ten years for it to be released.
One interesting addition to the film that was recently announced is composer Junkie XL aka Tom Holkenborg. Tom’s film score credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Spectral, Tomb Raider, Mortal Engines, and Sonic The Hedgehog.
He’ll certainly add a flare of score that might elevate the material and action sequences.
The announcement was seemingly made official last month on Twitter but was overlooked but Tom has made it official via his own Twitter account.
Friends, I'm excited to officially announce that I am finishing up the original score to the upcoming adventure film Alita: Battle Angel – directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron. pic.twitter.com/iTquC1KkJP
— Tom Holkenborg (@Junkie_XL) November 5, 2018
— Alita: Battle Angel (@AlitaMovie) October 25, 2018
20th Century recently bumped Alita: Battle Angel’s release date from December 21st to February 14th, 2019.
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.
SOURCE: JUNKIE XL/20TH CENTURY FOX