There has been a lot of talk about what might happen to the Alita: Battle Angel franchise now that it’s under Disney’s control. This happened after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox. Thanks to that deal they also ended up with the movie and TV rights to franchises like Alien, Predator, Percy Jackson and also Alita: Battle Angel.
Now, I’m being told by multiple sources with reported close links to Disney and 20th Century Studios that they are currently working on an Alita: Battle Angel prequel series which will be made for Disney Plus. This comes after increased fan pressure on social media. Fans of the first movie, which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and produced by James Cameron have been demanding that Disney does something with this franchise.
This marks the second series Disney has reportedly greenlit based on a property they acquired following the Fox takeover. The first one being Percy Jackson which is reportedly going to get five seasons. Each season will be based on one of the Percy Jackson books.
Alita: Battle Angel might be getting a prequel series on Disney Plus
Here’s what we were told by one of the sources who first came to us with this information about Disney reportedly working on an Alita: Battle Angel prequel series:
Disney is in the process of developing an Alita: Battle Angel prequel show. This will be for Disney Plus. At the moment, it’s unclear if Robert Rodriguez and/or James Cameron will be coming back.
Full disclosure, I was told this a while back. However, I sat on it for a while because I wasn’t 100% convinced this source was genuine. It was the first time they had reached out to me. I also wanted to see what some other people had to say. I also wanted to wait and see if anyone else came to me with the same information.
Well, recently two separate sources whom I trust did exactly that. They added that as it stands this will be a prequel series. They confirmed that it would be Disney Plus. My sources also added that Rodriguez and James Cameron will produce the series. It’s unclear whether Rodriguez will direct any of the episodes.
Will Robert Rodriguez be back to direct any episodes of this Alita prequel series?
This all comes after one of the film’s original producers, Jan Landau opened up on the possibility of Disney making a second Alita: Battle Angel movie during an interview with CinemaBlend. Here’s what he had to say about how the fans could help make it happen:
Well, I won’t speak specifically about Alita. I would just tell you that I think Jim [Cameron] 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.
What will Alita: Battle Angel’s prequel series be based on?
The original movie was based on Japanese manga artist Yukito Kishiro’s 1990s series, Battle Angel Alita. It was also inspired by the 1993 original video animation adaptation, Battle Angel. I did ask my sources whether they would be taking inspiration for the show from Kishiro’s series or the movie’s prequel book (called Iron City) that was released after the film came to cinemas. I still haven’t had a response on that front. I’ll update you when and if I hear anything.
I have reached out to Disney for comment on this story. They declined to comment, which shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise.
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