Want Alita: Battle Angel 2? Producer Urges Fans to Petition Disney

Could Alita: Battle Angel 2 still happen? There are no plans for an Alita: Battle Angel sequel, but producer Jon Landau is holding out hope. Moreso, Landau thinks the best option is for fans to speak their minds and let Disney know they want it. But is this truly something Disney would consider doing?

Alita: Battle Angel was produced by 20th Century Fox, with James Cameron producing and Robert Rodriguez in the director’s chair. Ultimately, with the Disney/Fox merger going into effect earlier this year, any sequel plans would be in Disney’s court. During a recent interview, Jon Landau explained that he thinks fans should let Disney know they want it to happen. Here’s what he had to say about it.

“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.”

Disney is all about big-money franchises, and that’s where things get tricky with Alita: Battle Angel 2. The first movie received a mixed response from critics, but was received very well by moviegoers. Ultimately, word of mouth helped to push it past $404 million at the global box office, with many others discovering the ambitious sci-fi flick once it arrived on home video. As Jon Landau explains, James Cameron had ideas for a sequel when the movie was being developed.

“Absolutely… When Jim [Cameron] was going to direct us, which he was at one point, in his mind he had plotted out two additional stories of where we would go very specifically.”

While there are story ideas in place, that $404 million figure is right on the line for a studio like Disney. It’s a solid number, but considering the movie’s reportedly massive $170 million budget (which doesn’t account for marketing costs) got in the way of profitability. However, it’s possible a sequel could do bigger business, given the response to the first movie. But that’s something of a gamble. Assuming Disney did decide to pursue the sequel, Landau also explained that it would take a while to get off the ground.

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“I think when you can talk about any movie, and I won’t talk specifically about Alita, but your first step is writing a script. You’ve got to assume that’s going to take you 12 to 18 months to write a script. Assuming that script is great, you then have a six to 10 month pre-production. You then have a six month shoot. You then have a year of post-production and that’s just any movie of this ilk.”

The cast of Alita: Battle Angel includes Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrien. The end of the movie set a few pieces up for the possible sequel, so there certainly was some thought put in on that front. James Cameron is currently busy filming his Avatar sequels, so even if Alita: Battle Angel 2 gets the unlikely green light, he’d likely only return as a producer and not a director. This news comes to us via CinemaBlend.

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