Decay, rebirth or both? Alita has a healthy audience, a certain youthful innocence and the contradictory energy of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.
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This particular future has been a long time coming; you might be forgiven for thinking you’ve been here before. Based on the 90s manga series and anime, it was first announced as James Cameron’s next project back in 2003. Then when the Avatar sequels made it clear Cameron wouldn’t be working on anything else for a very long time, he passed it along to director Robert Rodriguez, who shares his interest in tough female leads and special effects without Cameron’s ability to ground them in plausible… well, much of anything plausible if you remember the Machete movies.