Alita: Battle Angel: Robert Rodriguez confirms sequel talk with James Cameron and Jon Landau

Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez confirms he’s been talking about the sequel with James Cameron and Jon Landau.

Alita: Battle Angel, sequel

Alita: Battle Angel was meant to kick off a brand-new franchise, but the underwhelming box office, mixed reviews, and Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox cast doubt on a sequel. The film has assembled quite the following, and the cast and crew have all expressed their willingness to return for more. Franchise producer Jon Landau recently teased to ScreenRant that they’re “working on” the Alita sequel, and director Robert Rodriguez confirmed that he has been discussing it with Landau and James Cameron.

Yeah, we have been talking about it, so we would love to make one,” Robert Rodriguez told Total Film, but he added that nothing is guaranteed. “We haven’t set it for sure yet, but we’re definitely hoping to and talking about it a lot. They’re slammed with all the Avatar stuff, but they’ve definitely been engaging in it.

The Alita: Battle Angel director also gave an update on the potential sequel while speaking with Collider. He said that there hasn’t been much movement other than just talking about it, but they’re all hoping it will happen. “When Jon [Landau, producer] mentioned that, and then [James Cameron] and I have been talking that we always wanted to do an ‘Alita’ sequel,” Rodriguez said. “He outlined, very thoroughly, a second and a third film, so there’s already material there. So yeah, we’re hoping that that will happen. But nothing more definitive than that.

Our own Kier Gomes was actually at Troublemaker Studios this weekend for the Hypnotic junket and got a look around at the studio, which still has the Alita sets ready to go:

Alita: Battle Angel focused on Alita (Rosa Salazar), a cyborg who was awakened with no memory and was taken in by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who recognized the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. Robert Rodriguez told Forbes in 2020 that the Alita: Battle Angel sequel could find a home on Disney+. “I think anything is possible. Disney bought Fox, and they have Disney Plus, so that is worth the conversation. I know other people would love to see another, and I would love to do another one,” Rodriguez said. “As far as where it would go or how it would be made, I think streaming has opened up many opportunities such as sequels. It’s already a pre-sold concept, it’s already got a built-in audience that wants to see it, and then it’s delivered to them in a way that’s the easiest for them to consume.” Would you still like to see a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel?

Source: Total Film, Collider

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