The graphic novels are set in the 26th century, where society has collapsed after a world war. In this post apocalyptic world, cyborgs are a part of life and humans have augmented their bodies with the robotic technology. The story centers Alita, a fourteen year old female cyborg that has lost her memory.
Avatar producer Jon Landau has this to say about the upcoming adaptation.
"We'll focus on Avatar for the next four or five years. Hopefully right after that... I am confident you will see it. It's one of my favorite stories, I think it is an incredible story, a journey of self-discovery of a young woman. It is a movie that begs the question: 'What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, are you human if you have a mind, are you human if you have a soul?' And I look forward to bringing that film to audiences."
They are looking to released the project in 2017.