Alita: Battle Angel, despite not being the biggest hit of 2019, has garnered a huge cult following from fans who view it as the first proper anime adaptation from Hollywood. Many loved the film so much that they are anxiously awaiting a possible sequel from director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron. Fortunately, one of the film’s producers has stated that a sequel could be possible if fans demand for it.
In a recent interview, Jon Landau stated that fans should address the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s parent company Disney and ask for Alita to get a full on franchise treatment. The downside is that, while Alita performed better than other anime movies, making about $404.8 million worldwide, it wasn’t as massive a success compared to the other big franchise films put out from Disney. While the interest is there, especially in the foreign market, it’s not a guarantee billion dollar hit in the vein of Star Wars, or even Avatar.
The interest for a sequel is certainly there not just because of Alita’s cult following, but also because its ending hinted at a potential sequel, with Edward Norton cameoing as the film’s primary antagonist. Landau stated that the interest for a sequel was always there from Cameron and, with the ever growing streaming service, Landau suggested that Alita could make a splash on Disney+. He stated that “I think Jim and I love the opportunities that streaming and these other avenues of distribution are offering people today. And you know, we would love to get into those playgrounds and play in them, no matter what the title is.” So it’s likely that Alita fans could have a chance to witness another feature film on a streaming platform. It’s just a matter of time on whether or not Disney will officially green light the sequel.