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.