‘Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau spoke at CinemaCon panel session today titled “An Industry Think Tank 3.0: Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Savvy Moviegoer’, speaking on current projects.
In regard to Alita, director and co-screenwriter Robert Rodriguez is in “the final stages of post-production to bring this character to life,” said Landau. The film starring Rosa Salazar is aiming for a December 21 release.
“[Rodriguez] wanted to make a Jim Cameron film,” said Landau about the Lightstorm-produced feature. “Robert is fascinated by film, he understands and craves filmmaking. He studied Jim. He said, ‘I did a Frank Miller film with Sin City, now I’m doing a Jim Cameron-style movie.”
When the panel’s conversation steered toward why there aren’t many female-driven and diverse movies, Landau was quick to respond.
“We’re making movies for the world. Jim’s characters are strong female protagonists who can become inspirational to people. That’s what attracted us to Alita. It’s right up Jim’s alley and why he wanted to direct it at one point. We play to a global, diverse audience.”