Robert Rodriguez still hopeful of 'Alita: Battle Angel' sequel

Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
Rosa Salazar in Alita: Battle Angel. (20th Century Fox)

Robert Rodriguez has provided hope for die-hard fans of Alita: Battle Angel, insisting he is still optimistic that a follow-up will one day be made.

Released back in February 2019, Alita: Battle Angel only received a score of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. It did take in $405m but reportedly needed to gross somewhere up to $500m to break even.

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That hasn’t stopped Alita: Battle Angel from developing a die-hard fanbase eager to see a sequel confirmed, especially since the sci-fi adaptation of Yukito Kishiro’s manga series clearly set up numerous sequels.

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During a recent interview with Forbes, Rodriguez was asked about a sequel, and he responded: “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.”

Director Robert Rodriguez poses at the premiere for the movie "Alita: Battle Angel" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Robert Rodriguez poses at the premiere for Alita: Battle Angel in Los Angeles, California, in February 2019. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Rodriguez said the huge success of Disney+ means that there is still a future for Alita: Battle Angel, adding that it “opened up many opportunities such as sequels”.

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Alita: Battle Angel should prove a valuable commodity for any streaming service as it has a “built-in audience”, and this would be the easiest way for them to consume it.

Rodriguez has been very busy since the release of Alita: Battle Angel – he co-wrote, produced and directed Red 11 for Tubi, Chapter 14: The Tragedy of The Mandalorian, and We Can Be Heroes, which hit Netflix on Christmas Day.