Alita: Battle Angel is a project that has been bounced around for years. With James Cameron locked up on Avatar, he finally loosened his grip to just assist with the screenplay and produce. Robert Rodriguez stepped in to direct, and now it looks like we’re off on a wild ride.
Lets just get this out of the way: The eyes in the first trailer were all sorts of creepy and off-putting. While the second trailer still shows them as being over-sized, there definitely seems to have been some corrections made that have let them be a little less unsettling.
In a company chat room the consensus seems to be “We don’t know exactly what they did, but they did something.”
Either way, we’re a bit more interested in the film now as it seems to have, at least somewhat, departed the uncanny valley.
Here’s the full trailer for you to decide.
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 hits theaters on Dec. 21.