Like many of you, I had some high hopes for Alita: Battle Angel. While I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of the original manga, I held out hope that a manga adaptation could actually succeed. Would Hollywood be able to seamlessly integrate aspects from the Eastern story and adapt it for modern Western sensibilities? That is the question fans have for every single adaptation, and none had actually worked too well.
And, you know what? While it’s not perfect, I think Alita: Battle Angel succeeded more than it faltered. Robert Rodriguez managed to polish down a lot of his rough edges in his film and ultimately put out a movie that didn’t necessarily feel like it came from him. And at the end of the day, it made over $400 million at the box office, seemingly proving its viability.
Sadly, this hasn’t been enough to prompt the powers that be to move the conversation forward. Alita: Battle Angel certainly set up a sequel, but there doesn’t seem to be one on the horizon. But would actor Christoph Waltz be open to joining the sequel if one came up?
“Of course! Of course I would!” Waltz told Collider while promoting his new Quibi series The Most Dangerous Game. “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 Disney. Maybe it doesn’t fit into the 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.”
And that’s not exactly an accident. While the film made $400 million worldwide, its budget was still at $175 million or so. Add in advertising costs and you have a high bar to pass to profitability. And given that Disney now owns the property, you know they’re only pushing things forward that’ll make them bank. Why spend that much for slim profits when you can throw that same money into a Marvel movie and make $1 billion?
But if you want it, not all hope is lost. If a studio thinks there’s money to be made, they’ll jump at almost any idea.
“What I think the Alita Army should do is keep peppering our family now at Disney and [let them know] how important it is to have another Alita movie and hopefully we’ll venture there one day,” producer Jon Landau told Cinema Blend last December.
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