James Cameron Comments on Possible ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Sequels and The Creator Shares His Thoughts on The Film
First of all, I have to say that I enjoyed the hell out of Alita: Battle Angel! It was a great movie and I really hope that audiences give it a chance and that it succeeds at the box office so that we will see some sequels get made to continue the story of this fantastic and likable badass character.
While talking to Digital Spy, James Cameron talked about what he’s thinking in terms of sequels for the film, saying:
"Well, we obviously have a plan for that... But it's cheeky to set up a sequel before you're proven. That can blow back in your face. We think of something like Warcraft that was clearly set up with the intention to do sequels, and then it becomes mock-able because the film doesn't succeed. But I don't worry about stuff like that. If the film fails, it's its own punishment, you know? It doesn't matter if we get mocked on top of having failed."
The report also notes that Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez do have ideas for a potential follow-up, but they are playing it safe. The first film is left wide open for a sequel and I’ll be honest, it’d be a shame if we never saw that sequel get made. When you see the movie you’ll understand why I say that.
Now, in case you’re wondering what the creator of Alita: Battle Angel, Yukito Kishiro, thought of the film, he shared a piece of art he created for it and said, via Crunchyroll:
"The core part of the manga was brilliantly passed on to the film. Including the characters' emotion and raison d'etre, they were perfectly reflected in the film, so I was very happy."
Here’s the tweet that he sent out with the art:
Make sure you go see the movie this weekend!
Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.
Alita: Battle Angel also stars Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley. The movie is set to be released on February 14, 2019.