Released in February 2019, Alita: Battle Angel left the door wide open for a second episode. If it still has not seen the light of day, fans do not despair of seeing the project rise from its ashes, just like the director, Robert Rodriguez.
Tonight will be broadcast on TF1, Alita: Battle Angel by Robert Rodriguez, a post-apocalyptic film produced by James Cameron and carried in particular by Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali. Adapted from manga Gunnm, the feature film quickly conquered a large group of die-hard fans, nicknamed the Alita Army, who kept asking for a sequel to be started with a lot of petitions.
It must be said that the end of the blockbuster presaged that the adventures of his heroine with the big eyes were far from over. Robert Rodriguez even made the choice to introduce stealthily into the film characters played by stars (Edward Norton, Michelle Rodriguez and Jai Courtney) before giving them more consistent roles in a sequel, for which he has always shown himself. very motivated.
The main actors have also often claimed to be ready to reprise their roles in a second episode. So why has this never materialized? There are actually several reasons.
From Fox to Disney
If Alita: Battle Angel was not unworthy at the box office, raising more than 400 million dollars in the world, it had cost 170. So it was not that profitable, and its results on the ground American (85.8 million) were rather disappointing. The other concern of the film is that it was produced by Fox and that it came out right at the time of the acquisition of the studio by Disney. A change of hand that did not help the project immediately.
In April 2020, Christoph Waltz, for example, told Collider to be “a little disappointed and surprised to have no news”And add:“It was Fox and it no longer exists. It’s Disney now. Maybe that doesn’t fit into the Disneyfication, but I have no idea.”
Hope is allowed
But while no Alita: Battle Angel 2 has been officially ordered, that doesn’t mean Robert Rodriguez is losing hope. In December 2020, he notably mentioned Disney + as a possible way to find Alita.
Most recently, at the microphone of The Nerdy Basement, the filmmaker, who is working with Disney on Star Wars The Book of Bobba Fett series, was once again enthusiastic about the return of the Motorball champion to the screen.
“I hope I earn points with Disney by doing the same for them, because they now own them, they bought out Fox, and that’s why we weren’t able to get into the sequel right away, because of all this story“, he recalled before sharing his battle plan:
I’m trying to see what’s going on with Boba Fett, I think it’s going to impress people, so when that happens I’ll go and say, ok, I’ve been here for a while, let’s figure out how we can do Alita, whether it’s for streaming or theaters, because it’s such a great property, people love it, I love it and [James Cameron] love it.
Then to conclude: “We talked about it again recently [avec Cameron], to know how to do it, what is the best way to approach it. I think it’s me who will accompany him to talk about it, because I do a lot of things to [Disney] now.“
We just have to hope that Mickey’s house is sensitive to the requests of the two directors!
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