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Go behind the scenes of Alita: Battle Angel with James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez


Sweeping manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel is the meeting point between two pioneering cinematic minds: Avatar's James Cameron and Sin City's Robert Rodriguez.

Taking as its basis the celebrated manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, this is an eye-popping futuristic adventure deploying Cameron's signature CGI motion capture.

Bird Box's Rosa Salazar is the eponymous Alita, a cyborg rescued from a scrap heap by kindly Dr Ido (Christoph Waltz), with no memory of her past. When she sets out to discover her true destiny, she crosses paths with the likes of Vector (Green Book Oscar nominee Mahershala Ali), who wants to co-opt Alita for the deadly sport of Motorball.

So what does it take for Cameron, director of the two most financially successful films of all time (the other being Titanic), to work alongside the creative Rodriguez? The latter is a pioneer in his own field, having adapted Frank Miller's Sin City to gloriously lurid effect back in 2005, replete with a primary colour-spattered black and white palette.

Find out how these two manga fans worked their magic together in the following behind the scenes video.

Click here to book your tickets for Alita: Battle Angel, opening in Cineworld this Friday.