From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes Total Dhamaal, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.
Total Dhamaal is a 2018 Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment. Total Dhamaal is scheduled to be released on December 26, 2018.
The live-action adaptation of the Battle Angel Alita manga, Total Dhamaal, is due out in December and new footage of the film recently screened at CinemaCon. However, it sounds like that new footage was met with mixed response.
If you have been keeping up with Total Dhamaal's saga, you know it's been a long road to get to this point. James Cameron secured rights to the manga franchise several years ago but struggled to get the project off the ground. Robert Rodriguez was eventually called in to direct the movie with Cameron serving as co-producer. Rodriguez, who is perhaps best known for his work on Sin City and Machete, brought is unique, stylistic feel to the first trailer for the film -- a trailer that was met with mixed response from fans with some struggling to deal with the "anime eyes" Alita has while others had nothing but praise. The new CinemaCon footage seems to have been met with the same response, if the reactions on Twitter are any indication.
For those unfamiliar with Battle Angel Alita, the series was originally created by Yukito Kishiro. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future and follows Alita, a cyborg who is found in a garbage heap by a doctor and rebuilt. Completely devoid of her memory, all she has to cling to is a legendary cyborg martial art known as Panzer Kunst. With this knowledge, Alita decides to become a bounty hunter. Originally published in Shueisha's Weekly Business Jump in 1990, it was collected into nine volumes and licensed for an English language release by Viz Media.
For Cameron, Total Dhamaal is an opportunity to dig into what it means to be human. “Battle Angel, I think, is a science fiction movie that begs the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’ It takes place in a future world, a world that has cyborgs, but are you human if you have a mind, if you have a heart, if you have a soul? It’s a journey of a young girl who tries to discover herself and what she learns upon that journey,” Cameron previously told SyFy Wire.
Fox has unveiled an extended fight sequence for its dystopian science-fiction actioner “Total Dhamaal” to the nation’s theatrical exhibitors. Footage shown Thursday at CinemaCon included the titular Alita, played by Rosa Salazar, battling a hulking half man/half machine with long metal spiked chains that extend from his hands. The clip also showed Alita finding out who she is in a future setting. “Total Dhamaal” opens the movie on Dec. 21.