Alita: Battle Angel rocked audiences with its mix of cyberpunk and explosive action sequences. Unfortunately, the film missed the mark by making only $404 million worldwide. Fans rallied together to demand a sequel, and producer Jon Landau wants them to continue spreading the word.
Make Their Voices Heard
In October, Phillip Grube started a petition to show there’s a demand for an Alita sequel. So far, the appeal has grown to 130,285 signatures. As expected, Grube wants to push this to 150,000 signatures. Having this many people on board for a potential sequel isn’t rare. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Landau was told about the booming petition. “What I think the Alita Army should do is keep peppering our family now at Disney and [let them know] how important it is to have another Alita movie, and hopefully we’ll venture there one day,” Landau told the publication.
Fortunately for those fans, some stories have been in the works for a potential sequel or two. “When Jim [Cameron] was going to direct us, which he was at point, in his mind he had plotted out two additional stories of where we would go very specifically,” Landau told Cinema Blend.
Salazar Joins The Fight
For actress Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel was her first major lead role. After roles in Maze Runner and The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the Washington D.C. native was able to see her name in lights. Alita: Battle Angel brought her a slew of new fans from around the world. “I would play Alita ‘til my last breath. I would, and thanks to the performance capture technology, I probably could,” she told Slash Film.
Something possibly holding up sequel talks is Disney’s acquisition of Fox. This merger means a potential Alita: Battle Angel franchise is now under Disney’s control. Salazar knows it’s best to wait until Disney officially greenlights a sequel. “People are gaining jobs, people are losing jobs. The whole Disney/Fox acquisition is so involved, this isn’t the right time for me to call Alan Horn and be like, ‘Hey bro, I know you got a lotta stuff going on, but like what about ‘Alita 2’?,” Salazar told Indiewire. Salazar’s work on Alita: Battle Angel prepared her for Amazon’s fantasy series Undone. “It’s live-action, but because the last few things I’ve been doing are animated, I’m able to completely leave this behind, my body behind,” she told Slash Film.
Her Legend Begins
Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez knows a thing or two about sequels. Over the years, he’s helmed franchises such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, and Sin City. With the addition of characters Gelda, Jashugan, and Nova, seeds for a sequel were planned. In the Alita: Battle Angel manga, these characters play a significant part in Alita’s story. In the movie, however, their roles were minimal. A sequel would help flesh out these characters to be big players. For actors Jai Courtney, Michelle Rodriguez, and Edward Norton, it means another appearance. “It’s the promise of a part if there is a sequel, there might not be. If there is a sequel, you don’t want to be roped into something that you’re not going to like, but they knew us enough to trust that we’d make sure it was something cool,” Rodriguez told Coming Soon.
Salazar & Co. urge fans to pick up the film on DVD to show Disney there’s an audience. With the Oscars coming up, the film might get a boost with a Best Visual Effects nomination. While the film took 20 years to make, James Cameron isn’t afraid to wait a few more years for a sequel.
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