Director Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel, a feature film adaptation of the popular manga graphic novel Battle Angel Alita, will arrive in theaters next summer with Jackie Earle Haley starring as the primary antagonist. Described as a monstrous cyborg, the villainous character will be created through CGI, with Haley’s performance being provided using motion capture technology. In an interview with Screen Rant, Haley discussed his experience working on the project and the process of bringing a digital character to life.
Haley explained that performing using motion capture technology was unlike anything he has ever experienced before:
“What can I tell you about it? That was a completely new experience for me. And I’ll tell you why. At my age, I feel like I have done everything in production. It’s like I know what’s going on in just about every department and the director. You know I am a director as well. And so I get on this thing and my character is completely CGI. I am playing a very massive robot dude and it’s a really good script. It was great working with Robert. Met James and he is a sweetheart, but working with Robert and the cast was really fun. Everybody did a good job, but it was a really different trip doing motion capture. I am wearing a helmet and a bodysuit the whole time and sometimes there was actual movie cameras and sometimes there was none. But even when there was movie cameras, there were other cameras pointing at me for reference and infrared things everywhere. You can find out how they did it online, but it was a trip doing that. Yeah. Different. Really different.”
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Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film also stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jennifer Connelly, Lana Condor, Michelle Rodriguez, and Eiza Gonzalez.
Alita: Battle Angel will be released in theaters on July 20, 2018.
Source: Screen Rant
Anime Properties Hollywood Should Tackle Next
Japan has been a driving force in the world of technology and gaming, but is also known for their animation. Anime series and films have become popular worldwide. Shows like Naruto and DragonBall Z are household names throughout the world. This popularity has carried over and gotten the attention of Hollywood with the occasional dip into these popular properties. The influence of anime is seen throughout Hollywood productions, but most notably in the hit franchise, The Matrix. While it is a challenging endeavor to adapt anime there have been attempts to do so, including Netflix’s Death Note Film as well as the live-action Ghost in the Shell. It’s an interesting time to look over how Hollywood adapts anime and which ones deserve to be given an American treatment.
Here are 10 anime properties that Hollywood should tackle next