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‘Alita: Battle Angel 2’ release date, spoilers: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ films aren’t the reasons the cyberpunk sequel is in limbo
The movie adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” has been recognized as a project of James Cameron. Some fans might then be thinking that the development of the next “Avatar” films is what’s hindering the cyberpunk’s sequel from happening. This is very unlikely the case, though.
‘Alita: Battle Angel 2’ production can still begin even if James Cameron is busy with ‘Avatar’
Tracing the history of “Alita: Battle Angel’s” development always starts with Cameron in the early 2000s. In the following years, however, the project was placed on the back burner to give way to other filmmaking endeavors such as the “Avatar” series. Still, Cameron was adamant in delaying the live-action cyberpunk so he could be the one to helm the movie.
Cameron told Collider in 2011, “I’m obviously going to be pretty busy for the next five years [with ‘Avatar 2’ and 3]. And so I had to consider, do I hand this project off to another director? And then I thought, ‘No, I love it too much.’” Fortunately, Cameron had apparently changed his mind about this when it was reported in 2015 that Robert Rodriguez was in talks to direct “Alita: Battle Angel” based on Yukito Kishiro’s “Gunnm” manga series. This is the same reason that the making of “Avatar” films could coincide with the production of “Alita: Battle Angel 2.”
Pointing this out further clarifies that Disney’s stamp of approval is all that is missing to make “Alita: Battle Angel 2.” Actors who were in the first movie as well as leading members of the production team have expressed their readiness to work on a sequel. But they have also been in unison that Disney has yet to green-light the second movie.
‘Alita: Battle Angel 2’ petition continues to gain thousands of support
There are comments that the first movie’s box office performance could be one of the roadblocks to the sequel’s announcement. But as the film becomes available in more platforms, more fans express their support for “Alita: Battle Angel 2.”
A petition for the second movie is now close to gathering 160,000 signatures. Very loyal fans are also showing Disney they are ready to spend their own money just to catch the studio’s attention and make it consider the production of “Alita: Battle Angel 2.”