Christoph Waltz nonetheless desires to make Alita: Battle Angel 2, however suspects it won’t occur now that Disney owns the property. Because of their buy of Fox (which was finalized final yr), the Mouse Home has gained management over profitable sci-fi franchises like Alien, Predator, and Planet of the Apes, along with James Cameron’s mega-tentpole Avatar. Additionally they maintain the rights to a different sci-fi mission from the Terminator filmmaker within the type of Alita: Battle Angel, a live-action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga/anime which Cameron developed for a number of years earlier than handing it off to Robert Rodriguez to direct as a substitute.

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Launched in February 2019 (a few month earlier than Disney formally acquired Fox), Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar because the titular hero, a cyborg who awakens within the 26th century with no reminiscence of her previous however is helped by the kindly scientist Dr. Dyson Ido (Waltz). Utilizing the previous rule of thumb {that a} film must double its funds to make a revenue, Alita was a modest hit however a hit nonetheless, taking in $405 million on the field workplace on a $170 million funds. Despite this, a sequel has but to be introduced and Waltz suspects it has extra to do with the franchise’s new house owners than anything.

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Talking with Collider to advertise his new Quibi mission, Most Harmful Recreation, the Oscar-winner assured he’d “In fact!” return for Alita: Battle Angel 2, saying “I do know that individuals preferred it and apart from what others mentioned, I liked it and I preferred engaged on it and I preferred the consequence.” He additionally admitted he hasn’t heard something a few sequel occurring and speculated it has to do with Disney shopping for Fox, earlier than including “Possibly it doesn’t match into the Disneyfication, however I’ve no clue. I’ve no clue.”

Christoph Waltz and Rosa Salazar in Alita Battle Angel

It stands to motive Waltz is correct about Disney being the most important roadblock to Alita 2 in the meanwhile. Following their acquisition, the studio cancelled plenty of creating Fox motion pictures (together with their big-budget Mouse Guard adaptation) and has been hesitant to green-light something new that is not a part of an extremely-profitable model like Avatar. Alita, as talked about, is correct on the cusp; the unique movie carried out nicely sufficient, however nowhere close to the field workplace numbers Disney earns from its live-action remakes or IPs just like the MCU and Star Wars, so the studio has solely a lot incentive to develop a followup. On the identical time, the film introduced in respectable critiques, with critics praising its beautiful visuals and the best way it combines Cameron’s sci-fi pursuits with Rodriguez’s themes about class. Moviegoers had been equally receptive and have been calling for a payoff to Alita‘s sequel tease ever since.

Living proof: again in February, fans got #AlitaSequel trending on Twitter in an effort to encourage Disney to green-light the mission. A few of them went a step additional and even paid to fly a banner selling Alita: Battle Angel 2 over the 2020 Oscars ceremony just a few days later. On prime of all that, Salazar (like Waltz) is on the report saying she would like to return for the sequel, and producer Jon Landau has voiced his assist for these fan campaigns by encouraging them to maintain pestering Disney with requests to make it occur. Suffice it to say, there’s an viewers that wishes extra Alita; whether or not it is large enough to get the Mouse Home’s consideration, that is one other matter.

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