In her manga series, Alita was found as a brain in a cyborg cranium. Her discoverer builds her a new body, and she then goes through about three new bodies during the course of her series.
Her manga author Yukito Kishiro had some health problems and ended the series. Five years later, he brought it back as Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. He got into a fight with his Ultra Jump editor and closed down the series there, only to find it a new home at Evening.
Suffice it to say, the resurrection-prone character has more lives than a cat. Now it seems that news of the demise of a James Cameron live-action adaptation may have been exaggerated.
James Cameron recently said that the rest of his movie making career would be Avatar sequels and documentaries. After that, he'd be retiring. This of course leaves out the long gestating Battle Angel Alita project.
Ain't It Cool News' head geek Harry Knowles got in touch with Cameron, asking if Alita was in fact off the table. Cameron responded, "No. I still love that project. But Battle Angel is not going to happen for a few years."