After a successful flight, undeterred by less than ideal weather, many people took to Twitter to share their reactions to the “#AlitaSequel #AlitaArmy” banner flying high above their city. One such person was the famous YouTube vlogger, Jessica Chobot:
Jessica Chobot wasn’t the only famous person to react – Elle Lamont, the actress who played Screwhead in Alita: Battle Angel, shared her thoughts on Instagram:
And Alita herself (well, she’s Alita to us) also reacted:
We were extremely happy to see the reaction of Rosa Salazar, the star of Alita: Battle Angel. Her happiness means the world to us.
Update (February 13, 2028): Rosa Salazar makes an Instagram post giving the #AlitaArmy an Oscar for Outstanding Performance as a fan base.
But as happy as that made us, it wasn’t enough just to get responses from celebrities and other people on the ground; we needed to reach the eyes of the executives at Disney. We believe we have accomplished that. There were many, many articles written about the banner flight after word began to spread on Twitter almost virally.
And from that came a response from Jon Landau, a producer on Alita: Battle Angel and the man who told us to keep “peppering” Disney with our requests for an Alita sequel:
“Thank you to The Alita Army for your never ending support and for making Alita: Battle Angel a unique part of the Oscars….” – Jon Landau
No doubt this event has reached the eyes and ears of the decision makers at Disney (and other studios, to be honest). It should give Cameron and Landau more leverage in their negotiations with Disney. But we’re not done yet. Stay tuned for more events and how you can contribute.
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Erik Kain of Forbes finally got around to watching Alita, thanks to the film playing on HBO, and he is now a fan:
“Thank goodness I (watched Alita), finally. Better late than never, as they say. Though there’s a bitter-sweetness to the viewing: The movie ends with such a clear setup for a sequel, it’s almost unfathomable that we might not get one.”
“Disney has no reason not to make an Alita sequel. The movie made just under $405 million, which is a lot for an IP that’s relatively unknown.”
“Disney would be wise to diversify a little bit, and put some of its eggs into the Alita: Battle Angel basket. There’s rich soil for a new franchise here, with multiple sequels and spin-offs, including a video game spin-off.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Emma Watts has resigned as chief of 20th Century Studios less than a year after the Disney merger closed in March 2019.
Her existing team remains in place at 20th Century and a successor is expected to be named in the coming weeks.”
“I am writing to you today to share that, after much reflection, I’ve made the difficult decision to step away from Twentieth Century,” Watts said in a note sent to staff Thursday morning.
“Over the past many months, it has been my top priority to continue to foster great filmmaking while leading this team successfully through the integration period with Disney. After reaching this point, I approached [Walt Disney Studios co-chairmen] Alan [Horn] and Alan [Bergman], realizing that it was now time for me to pursue new opportunities,” she continued.
The Hollywood Reporter
It’s interesting to see what Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has to say about her departure:
“Deadpool would never have happened without Emma Watts. And certainly wouldn’t have been as good.“
James Cameron said:
“It’s hard to imagine Fox without Emma. Her creative input and support were invaluable on Avatar, and even more so on the sequels. She deeply understands movies in her DNA — how they work, what’s wrong when it’s not working, how to fix it.“
Steven Spielberg said:
“Emma is a studio executive in title, but a filmmaker at heart. Her support and willingness to take risks is what this business has always thrived on.“