Hollywood is known for making many promises that often don’t come true. However, when James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez made a strong commitment, like a “Blood Oath”, that there would be a sequel to “Alita: Battle Angel,” it gave a good indication that they were serious and fully dedicated to making it happen.
The sci-fi blockbuster “Alita: Battle Angel” barely reached $400 million in global box office earnings, which made the profit margins very narrow due to its expensive budget, rumored to be nearly $200 million. However, after the movie finished its theatrical run, fans quickly embraced the manga adaptation and turned it into a certified cult favorite.
Certainly, if more people had shown up and bought tickets to see “Alita: Battle Angel” during its theatrical run, there might not be a need for campaigns and petitions for a sequel. Producer Jon Landau, in an interview with ScreenRant, expressed confidence in the success of James Cameron’s “Avatar” franchise, suggesting that it could have a positive impact on the future of the “Battle Angel” series.
They said that they were working on it and mentioned that they had learned from “Avatar” how to incorporate more facial nuance and subtlety into humanoid characters, especially those that needed to display emotions. They acknowledged that “Alita” wouldn’t have been possible without the advancements made in “Avatar.” Similarly, they noted that the work done for “Alita” influenced “Avatar: Way of Water.” They expressed their intention to apply what they learned from “Avatar” back to “Alita.” They added that they were in communication with Robert (Rodriguez) and Rosa (Salazar), and everything was going well.
The statement implies that James Cameron has been making progress with the Avatar sequels after a long gap between the first and second films. With this increased momentum, there is a possibility that Cameron might find time in his schedule to work on an “Alita: Battle Angel” sequel sooner rather than later. However, the information remains uncertain and open to interpretation.