Alita: Battle Angel may not have been the monstrous box-office success the studio, Fox, was hoping for, but fans continue to pray that a sequel will one day arrive. Director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron have both stated that – should the first movie make enough money – a second movie is in the pipeline. And although Battle Angel made $404.9 million on a $170 million budget, the green-light has still not been given.
Since the film’s release in February 2019, enthusiastic fans have been loudly campaigning for a sequel, while star Rosa Salazar and producer Jon Landau have shared their interest in making a follow-up too.
Christoph Waltz, who played Alita’s father Dr. Dyson Ido in the movie, has expressed that he’s both “disappointed and surprised” that a sequel has not yet been announced. Asked whether he would return for Alita 2, Waltz told Collider: “Of course! Of course, I would! But, you know, I’m as wise as you are. I haven’t heard anything and I’m a little disappointed and surprised that I haven’t heard a thing so far, because I know that it has followers.
“I know that people liked it and aside from what others said, I loved it and I liked working on it and I liked the result. You know, it was Fox and Fox doesn’t exist anymore. Now it’s Disneyfication, but I have no clue. I have no clue. Maybe they’re working on something and I wouldn’t be the first person to hear, but meanwhile, I haven’t heard anything.
Previously spoke to Edward Norton about his cameo in Alita: Battle Angel – an appearance that heavily hinted at a sequel already being in mind. While the actor did not discuss whether there were ongoing conversations about a second movie, there’s been no hint from anyone that Disney is considering making another Alita. Fingers crossed, one day, we’ll have better news.