Alita: Battle Angel is the hyper violent film based on an animated movie about a female cyborg with a mysterious past. The Fox production was barely a box office success, and it only brought in $405 million worldwide with a production budget of $170 million.
The right to the movie are now in the hands of Disney thanks to their purchase of Fox properties. Disappointed critical reactions and poor U.S. box office make it unlikely for a sequel, but fans are still wanting a follow up to the potential new franchise. So… will there be a sequel?
The most vocal advocate for Alita: Battle Angel 2 is the original’s director Robert Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said in an interview with Forbes:
“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.”
Disney could greenlight a sequel based on the original box office success. It was a very popular anime with the potential for a live action franchise. With Rodriguez’s familiarity with kid’s movies, Disney might be more interested in a family-friendly direction. Or they could go full circle with a updated animated series.