Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American cyberpunk science fiction action film based on the 1990s Japanese manga series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. It was directed by Robert Rodriguez, co-produced by James Cameron and written by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis. Rosa Salazar stars as the heroine Alita, a cyborg who awakens in a new body with no memory and sets out to learn her destiny. Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson star in supporting roles.
Announced in 2003, production was repeatedly delayed due to Cameron's work on Avatar and its sequels. After years of development hell, Rodriguez was announced as director in April 2016, with Salazar cast the following month. Principal photography began in Austin, Texas, mostly at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, in October 2016 until February 2017.
Alita: Battle Angel had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 31, 2019, and was released in the United States on February 14, 2019, by 20th Century Fox in Real D 3D, Dolby Cinema 3D and IMAX 3D formats. It is the first film produced by Lightstorm Entertainment since Avatar and the last released by 20th Century Fox before The Walt Disney Company took control of a majority of its assets owned by 21st Century Fox on March 20, 2019. The film grossed over worldwide, becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of 2019 and Rodriguez's highest grossing film. It received mixed reviews, with praise for Salazar's performance, the action scenes and visual effects but criticism for the screenplay.