When talking to Andrew J. Salazar of Discussing Film, Robert Rodriguez shared his appreciation for the campaign that the Alita Army launched for an Alita sequel. While he suggests that Alita: Battle Angel “didn’t perform well”, he confesses that it may be better to have a film that is adored by few than it is to have a film that is successful in the short-term but rarely spoken of in the long-term.
“If they are effected by it enough that they would take the time to go and start a campaign, that’s like next level. … it’s so impressive and heartwarming because you went and did that really because you also loved the material the same way and you felt it was worth the number of years you’re going to put in to make it. So when it’s validated by an audience, even though, you know… It wasn’t the perfect time to come out with it, but that the fans still didn’t let anyone forget that they loved that movie. It’s almost better than having a movie that does really well but no one remembers in six to eight years.”
You can read the entire interview with Robert Rodriguez at the following link: https://discussingfilm.net/2020/12/28/robert-rodriguez-on-his-long-awaited-return-to-family-films-exclusive-interview/