Could 'Alita' be Hollywood's breakthrough manga movie?

Could 'Alita' be Hollywood's breakthrough manga movie?
In this photo taken on Jan. 9, 2019, from left, director Robert Rodriguez, producer Jon Landau, actors Rosa Salazar and Christoph Waltz pose for a photo near Wellington, New Zealand. The movie “Alita: Battle Angel” has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau is confident it will finally signal a success for Hollywood in a genre which has proved problematic. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The manga movie “Alita: Battle Angel” has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau thinks it will finally be the breakthrough success in Hollywood for a genre which has proved problematic.

Landau says previous manga movies that haven’t worked have been Asian-centric in their worlds, whereas “Alita” is set in a melting-pot world and traverses universal themes of discovery and self-awareness.

The film has an estimated budget of million and Twentieth Century Fox will be hoping for a much better reception than Paramount’s 2017 manga flop “Ghost in the Shell.”

“Alita” tells the story of cyborg Alita played by Rosa Salazar who awakens without memory in a dystopic world. It will be released in theaters in the U.S. on Feb. 14.