Gunnm (Ganmu in Japanese), which means gun dream, is a cyberpunk manga series. Which, in English, is titled Battle Angel Alita. It consists of nine volumes. Published on December 15, 1990 to April 1, 1995 in Business Jump magazine. The success of the manga series written by Yukito Kishiro made it adapted into two animated films. The story is based on the first two volumes of the manga version.
In 2000 ago, legendary filmmaker James Cameron was interested in the Battle Angel Alita manga series, then acquired the rights to film it. In fact, after that, in April 2003, the director of Titanic (1997) had confirmed that he would make a live-action film version of it.
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The LEGO blocks seem to come alive. In fact, they can sing and dance. In addition, the action of the LEGO blocks also looks more stunning with the accompaniment of cheerful songs.
Btw, actually, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was slated for its first release on May 26, 2017. However, its release schedule was later pushed back to May 18 2018, then it was postponed again. Until, finally, it was officially released on February 8, 2019. Prior to its global release, Warner Bros. Pictures had held one-day previews. In 500 theaters in America. On January 26, 2019.
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And, as a result, the critics who had watched the preview gave a pretty positive response. Indeed, overall, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is not as good as its predecessor. However, this second film is considered to be able to maintain its entertaining humor, great voice acting, and stunning animation visualization. In addition, The LEGO Movie 2 also continues to present a touching story.
However, even so, unfortunately, at that time, computer-generated imagery (CGI) technology was not as advanced as it is now. James Cameron found it difficult to realize the futuristic Battle Angel Alita film. Which is in accordance with the original manga story. As a result, in the end, the project had to be postponed. Cameron decided to first work on the television series Dark Angel (2000). Starring Jessica Alba. The story is inspired by the Battle Angel Alita earlier.
The delay in the production of the Battle Angel Alita film, it turns out, lasted quite a while. Moreover, James Cameron’s focus was then taken to work on Avatar (2009). Which, in the end, became the highest-grossing film of all time. However, even so, Cameron did not forget Battle Angel Alita. The director of the Terminator film franchise (1984) is obsessed with turning it into a blockbuster film as successful as Avatar. Which is now also being prepared for the sequel.
However, even so, because it was impossible to handle two big films at once, James Cameron was forced to give up Battle Angel Alita to be directed by another director. Namely: Robert Rodriguez. Meanwhile, he himself only acts as a producer and screenwriter. The filming process for the film produced by 20th Century Fox then began in October 2016. In Austin, Texas. And, finally, it was completed in February 2017. With a slightly changed title. Become Alita: Battle Angel.