It finally happened this week, more than a decade later Avatar 2: The Way of Water finally came out and currently it looks like James Cameron has created a real masterpiece. But the lesser-known manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel from 2019 was also penned by Cameron. According to the latest indications, the motion capture strip could soon go into the second round.
Is there a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel in the pipeline?
The manga live-action adaptation from 2019 met with mixed reviews in the press and only achieved a rating of 61 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, despite the German star cast Christoph Waltz. For a long time it was only hardcore fans who seriously believed in a sequel. This could change now.
In an interview with Variety, director Robert Rodríguez and producer James Cameron, who worked together on the first installment, talked about a possible Alita sequel. Cameron even asked the director to take a “virtual blood oath” to work together on the project. It seems as if this is really a heart project of the two.
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How likely is a sequel really?
Despite the rather sobering reviews, Alita: Battle Angel (buy now €9.99) was by no means a total failure for 20th Century Studios at the box office. The production costs are estimated to be between US$150 and US$200 million, with the film grossing US$400 million overall. Also, with the huge success of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, it’s entirely possible that he’ll gain more influence within the production company.