|After charming moviegoers and hitting well in the box office earlier this year, "Alita: Battle Angel" is ready to offer fans its next chapter / Photo by: Sitthipong Pengjan via Shutterstock|
After charming moviegoers and hitting well in the box office earlier this year, "Alita: Battle Angel" is ready to offer fans its next chapter. Many didn't think the dystopian movie was a cinematic masterpiece, but it was great enough to build a legion of fans. Those people want to see more of Alita's story and the world she lived, so they did what any fandom would do to get what they want: get it trending on Twitter.
Hashtag Alita Sequel
Even with the success of the film and the creation of a solid fan base, no one knows if there's going to be a sequel—not even director Robert Rodriguez, producer James Cameron, or the studio (Disney). But that didn't stop the so-called Alita Army to call for a follow-up.
According to ComicBook.com, a brand under entertainment media company Pop Culture Media that focuses on comic- and gaming-related news, fans have been calling for an "Alita" sequel for a while now but these seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Now, they have made their feelings known as the Alita Army gathered and organized a movement on social media to encourage fellow fans to tweet about a possible sequel at a certain time—and it seems their efforts have finally paid off.
|Even with the success of the film and the creation of a solid fan base, no one knows if there's going to be a sequel—not even director Robert Rodriguez, producer James Cameron, or the studio (Disney). But that didn't stop the so-called Alita Army to call for a follow-up / Photo by: Thomas Crenshaw via Flickr|
Earlier this month, Twitter user @doomcock posted a mission statement that expressed the fans' clamor for a sequel. In the tweet, the user said, "I WANT MY ALITA SEQUEL! The film was fantastic but the story is not complete! Let's make this happen! Retweet this, grab the image, spread it far and wide and use #AlitaSequel to make your point! WE WANT MORE ALITA!" along with the poster for the mission statement.
The statement read: "We want a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel. The experience we had in the cinema was remarkable. And we want to feel that magic of the first one again. And since Disney is now in charge of the distribution of Alita, we need to reach out to them to make the sequel happen.
"We need to make noise. We need to make the hashtag #AlitaSequel go trending. Not now, but all together at the same time worldwide. For one hour we tweet we unleash hell."
Many jumped in to urge Disney to make it happen and made the hashtag #AlitaSequel top the worldwide trends.
The Producer’s Plea
Prior to the Twitter trend mission, fans have made other efforts to push for a sequel. They made a petition that has already gathered more than 121,000 signatures (and still counting), tweeting, commenting, and even writing down their arguments as to why "Alita" deserves a sequel. Jon Landau, one of the producers aside from Cameron, took notice of the call and advised the fans to keep speaking with the production company.
"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," the producer told CinemaBlend, an online entertainment hub reporting on movies, television, video games, and pop culture.
Landau noted that Disney was the studio the fans needed to reach because it acquired Fox properties shortly after "Alita: Battle Angel" was released. The acquisition included 20th Century Fox—the original distributor of the "Alita: Battle Angel."
There were a lot of things that needed to be sorted out for the transition, CinemaBlend said, so that could be the reason why Disney was initially mum about "Alita 2." And even though most of the film's revenue came from overseas sales, it's undeniable that the interest is there.
|Prior to the Twitter trend mission, fans have made other efforts to push for a sequel / Photo by: Worawee Meepian via Shutterstock|
If, for instance, Disney does consider making a sequel, CinemaBlend asked: how long until it hits the theaters? Landau explained it very clearly: "I think when you can talk about any movie, and I won’t talk specifically about Alita, but your first step is writing a script. You've got to assume that's going to take you 12 to 18 months to write a script. Assuming that [the] script is great, you then have a 6 to 10-month pre-production. You then have a six-month shoot. You then have a year of post-production and that's just any movie of this ilk."
That's a long time waiting, but Alita's ending just calls for a potential sequel (or sequels, if we're being generous) with the story already having been established. The team behind it also knows the story doesn't end with the first movie. In fact, Landau confirmed that Cameron had already "plotted out two additional stories" of where the film would go.
Even if there's no news about "Alita" from Disney, that doesn't mean a sequel won't be possible. It already has a major fan base, which not only sprung from the movie but also from the manga it was adapted from, and it did well at the box office in spite of its hefty production cost. The demand is there and the team is also eager to work on it, so all the Alita Army has to do now is keep the buzz going.