While speaking to Forbes, Rodriguez answered some questions about the future of the Alita: Battle Angel franchise:
“I think anything is possible. Disney bought Fox, and they have Disney+, so that is worth the conversation. I know other people would love to see another, and I would love to do another one. 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. So, it’s not a bad idea.”
Please read more at Cinemablend:
UPDATE: Rodriguez also spoke with Inverse and had more to say:
“I’d love to make the sequel. I’ve just been busy with this stuff, and Jim’s just getting back from New Zealand. But yeah, we’d love to explore that. You know, Fox got bought by Disney, and I’m not sure what they’re doing with it yet. It’s kind of the wrong time to ask people, with everything that’s going on in the world. It’s hard to know. The studio was just bought up right after Alita was coming out. So I’m not sure what type of movies they’re making. Who knows what the future of that studio is where they’re where the property lies. I would love to make a sequel. And Jim would love to make a sequel.“
You can read the entire Inverse.com interview here.
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2 thoughts on “Cinemablend: Even Robert Rodriguez Is Optimistic About Alita: Battle Angel’s Potential Streaming Future”
I need an Alita sequel! Or even a prequel! Thank you for lifting my spirits.
I just hope, studios will learn to better nurture the brands they hold. Instead of going for “max profits in shortest time”. A return on investment can also spread over several years, with an IP that is an ever increasing magnet over time. There is one criteria you have to meet: quality. If Rodriguez etc. manage to keep the level they startet, Alita (prequel show + sequels) will be loved for years/generations.
Disney managed to destroy one of the biggest franchise there is: STAR WARS. All that initial talk about “being respectful to GL and the heritage” proved bollocks. You have to do better, Disney (and Hollywood in general). Thinking in longer terms is against anual finance patterns, of course. I understand that “shareholders” could go beserk when investing in something that didn’t reach a certain percentage point. But throwing out trashy shot after shot to aim for the quick buck, instead of slowly building a quality franchise and giving it love is actually less profitable in the long run, I reckon (in my infinite wisdom). Just my 2 cents. Alita has everything a studio could ask for: solid source material to build upon, a main character not to fall in love with is impossible, a thematic background that is like a blueprint from our real world (elite sucking up material + energy from the poor that is left to fight each other), and a (growing) fanbase that, well … did what they did through 2019/20….!
DO IT. Make $$$. Get love again from movie enthusiasts.