MOVIE NEWS – Recently, Jon Landau, producer of Alita: Battle Angel 2, explained how a recent blockbuster would affect the sequel to Alita.
Jon Landau assured the audience that discussions are ongoing for Alita 2. He also explained how Avatar: The Way of Water will influence the sequel. Alita: Battle Angel hit theatres in 2019 and followed the titular cyborg as he discovers the truth about his identity, his friends, and the people who control the city he lives in. The film ended on a cliffhanger, setting up a possible sequel that dedicated fans have been demanding ever since.
In a recent interview, Landau spoke about a possible sequel to Alita, revealing that he had been in talks with Alita director Rodriguez and star Salazar about a sequel.
Landau also discussed how Avatar: The Way of Water will affect Alita 2.
“We’re working on it [the sequel]. I think what we’ve learned from Avatar is how much more facial nuance and subtlety that we can get into characters that we want to be emotional and emote that are humanoid. Alita would not have been possible, but for what we did on Avatar. Avatar: Way of Water would not be what it is but what we did for Alita. And now let’s put that back and give it back to Alita. We’re talking to Robert and talking to Rosa and all is good.”
How will Avatar: The Way of Water affect Alita 2?
Alita: Battle Angel sets the stage perfectly for the sequel. It picks up months after she loses Hugo and becomes a rising star in Motorball. In her final moments, she sets her plan to avenge Hugo and take on Nova, who is watching from Zalem. A possible sequel could reveal more about Alita’s past. As well as how she fought her way up to Motorball champion, hoping to finally get to Zalem to face Nova.
Avatar was a groundbreaker, but Avatar: The Way of Water raises the bar even higher, and Alita: Battle Angel seems to be partly responsible. Between the two Avatar films, the detail and facial reactions have improved enormously.
Now the cycle seems to continue with Alita 2, which will be even more nuanced in how Alita and the other cyborgs convey emotion through their facial expressions.
This will likely improve future Avatar sequels. Jon Landau’s response may mean that they are not just talking to Rodriguez and Salazar but “working on it”. Christopher Waltz, who played Altia’s father character Dr. Dyson Ido, has also expressed interest in returning for Alita 2. With the stars of the original film, the director and critical producers actively interested in continuing the Alita story, a sequel seems more likely than ever.