Robert Rodriguez is on fire. More than usual, too, for the busy filmmaker. The Alita Battle Angel director just released his Netflix Superhero film We Can Be Heroes and just before that he directed his excellent episode of The Mandalorian – that one with the debut of Boba Fett, on Disney Plus. But what about an Alita 2?
He’s now an executive producer on The Book of Boba Fett, The Mandalorian spin-off series. And he’s been thinking about a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel.
Alita: Battle Angel came out in 2019. Produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film received positive reviews and more than doubled it’s budget of $170 million USD back at the box office.
In the fall of 2020 there was an online fan campaign with the hashtag #AlitaArmy to get Alita: Battle Angel back in the theaters. James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez listened. The film hit theaters again on October 30th, 2020. So, is a sequel happening?
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) October 30, 2020
Robert Rodriguez Thinks Alita Sequel Could Happen On Disney Plus
In a recent interview with Forbes, Robert Rodriguez didn’t confirm an Alita 2 was in the works but he did say “anything was possible” and streaming may be the way to make it happen.
Here’s what he had to say about the potential Alita: Battle Angel sequel:
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.
Rodriguez has a lot on his plate right now, what with The Book of Boba Fett in pre-production, a We Can Be Heroes sequel happening, and his 4k anniversary restoration of From Dusk Till Dawn. However, as he stated he would love to do another Alita: Battle Angel. And as he reminds us in the interview, he’s no stranger to being busy:
It felt like you could do anything. Because of the success of Pulp Fiction, suddenly studios didn’t know what audiences wanted anymore. They were trying anything, and it was very experimental. August was when Desperado came out, and my book Rebel Without A Crew, September was when my first son was born, then the end of the year saw Four Rooms come out, and the next month, January, From Dusk till Dawn came out. That’s how many things were dropping at the same time for me over a four or five-month period. It was quite an experience, and I continue to be grateful for it.
Rodriguez is at the top of his game right now and let’s hope he stays that way. Is this a Rodriguez Renaissance? I certainly hope so. He’s an extremely talented, one man army when it comes to filmmaking. If he can keep up the quality with all his projects that are happening, he certainly can stay on top.
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