“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.” – film producer Jon Landau
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“Disney obviously has to give the greenlight for Alita 2 to enter production, but unfortunately that is not the only barrier the sequel faces. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the film industry, resulting in production delays and significant release date shifts. A key component of getting Alita 2 rolling is Disney figuring out where the movie would fit into their larger slate. The theatrical element in particular has been hit hard by the pandemic, and especially for something at the budget level that Alita was at, calibrating how much of a role theaters should play in its release is essential to moving ahead.”
Join us this Saturday, January 16 at 4:00 pm EST, as we discuss an article published by Looper.com: Did Alita: Battle Angel come out too late? Would Alita have been a hit if it was released years ago? What do you think?
The Alita Army had done lengthy detective work to discover the location of Rosa Salazar’s cameo in Alita: Battle Angel. It seems the media has finally caught on to it. @doc_ido gets a shout-out in this one from Looper.com:
“At one point in the chase, Hugo and Zapan zoom through an outdoor marketplace bordered by stone pillars. Standing by one of these pillars is none other than Salazar herself, talking to a taller woman as man and cyborg race on by. It’s blurry — basically impossible to notice without pausing and really focusing in — but it’s definitely her.”
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.”
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.”
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.