James Cameron and Robert Rodriquez have sworn a blood oath to produce the Alita: Battle Angel 2 sequel, which is giving the movie more impetus. James Cameron spent years creating his live-action manga adaptation, but in the end, he handed Alita over to Robert Rodriguez so he could concentrate on the Avatar sequels. The 2019 film turned out to be a potential success story for the 20th Century, earning more than $400 million globally. The film was intended to start a franchise, but Disney’s acquisition ultimately shelved those ideas, and Cameron and Rodriguez later found themselves preoccupied elsewhere.
Since the conclusion of Alita: Battle Angel explicitly hinted at a sequel, it has long been obvious that the movie series can go on. Now that Alita 2 will be made, producers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have taken a blood oath. The interaction took place during a virtual interview the two directors conducted for Variety. After Rodriguez agreed that an Alita sequel was necessary, they finished their talk with Cameron joking about creating a virtual blood oath. Watch the conversation below:
Why Alita: Battle Angel 2 Should Be Produced by Disney
Disney has not yet revealed its intentions to produce Alita 2, although the company would be wise to do so. Rodriguez, the director James Cameron, and the producer Jon Landau may now agree to work on the film due to the press tour for Avatar: The Way of Water. The fact that top-tier creative talent is interested in working on a sequel is not a major surprise, but it also confirms that the movement to have an Alita sequel has some support. Rosa Salazar will undoubtedly reprise her role as Alita in Alita 2, and the sequel would also fulfill Edward Norton’s promise to play the villain from the original film.
Disney might launch a new franchise with Alita 2, as the original film’s popularity made a sequel necessary. The majority of Disney’s schedule includes live-action remakes of Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar, and other popular properties and intellectual property (IP). A sequel to Alita: Battle Angel would allow Disney to expand its brand and develop valuable intellectual property. Future movies can draw from a wealth of source material from Yukito Kishiro’s manga. Additionally, Disney’s marketing staff could have better success enticing people to want to come back to this world.
The future success of Avatar: The Way of Water at the box office may also play a significant factor in whether Disney releases an Alita sequel. With Bob Iger being reinstalled as CEO, James Cameron may soon find himself in a stronger position at Disney and be able to push for more of his ideas to be realized. Any influence Avatar 2’s popularity grants Cameron might be utilized to finally advance Alita 2 as he is still involved in the Alita: Battle Angel series.