I'm cautiously optimistic.
On the one hand, Kuzutetsu is way too clean and sunny and wtf is all this nature at 1:08? And where is Desty Nova? Also, there seems to be too much angst about trans-humanism (same problem as in the GitS adaptation), when being a full meat-bag in Kuzutetsu is the exception, not the norm.
On the other hand... Christoph Waltz! Motorball! I was afraid from the first trailer that they would only adapt the (relatively underwhelming) Hugo arc and focus too much on the love story. The actor playing Vector was also perfectly cast.
One thing though. The french localisation team needs to be horribly executed for keeping the american title. The manga is known here under its original title (Gunnm) and the main character under her original name (Gally). Nobody knows who the heck Alita is supposed to be (unless you remember that one alternate reality scene towards the end of the manga where they had fun switching the two names)
Well, I had heard that James Cameron had put the project onto the back burner until after the next 4 Avatar movies were done. I was afraid it'd just disappear. then it was supposed to be out December 2018 and was pushed back. at least it seems to be avoiding the weirdness of the second series (vampires?!? Bah!)
I'd have preferred for Cameron to direct it (because, when I first read Gunnm, Judgment Day and Aliens were already the best action movies ever) but it was not meant to be so I'll take what I can. I'm not a fan of Rodriguez but I did like the one graphic novel adaptation he made (Sin City), so there is hope. My only real problems with the trailer is that the 'verse is not as grimdark and cyberpunky as it should be and that a few key elements seem to have been adapted out (or kept for a sequel) including arch-nemesis and mad scientist extraordinaire Desty Nova (however, to be fair, he only properly appeared in the manga after the first few story arcs) . Also, it seems that Vector is now a stereotypical big bad crime boss instead of the more nuanced amoral bastard he was in the manga. Then again, that's just the trailer, and you should never trust a trailer.
I'm not the biggest fan of the Last Order sequel either (though I did like the first arc on Zalem (Tiphares) and I don't particularly dislike the idea of space faring immortal bloodsuckers, the whole ZOTT thing was an overly drawn-out tournament arc that was way to 'shonen' to my taste. The new prequel (well, mostly) Mars Chronicle is better in my opinion, but I still prefer the first series.
The original is one of my favorites. the second lost me with the space vampires... I haven't been in a bookstore in ages (appalling since I used to manage one) and didn't know there was a third one until recently.
My Yakwife just told me I can't see it in Imax 3D... boo!!!