A Sequel to Alita: Battle Angel Could Be a Long Way Aways

It has been a long year for many of us, and you only have to think back a few months see so for yourself. If you can believe it, Alita: Battle Angel debuted earlier this year under 20th Century Fox. The live-action anime imagined one of Japan's most beloved stories in a new medium, and many fans were left wanting more.

However, there is just one problem with that. No sequel has been announced for Alita: Battle Angel. The movie was made by Fox alone, but that property now belongs to Disney following a buyout. If a sequel were to happen, it would be Disney at the helm, and the producer of Alita: Battle Angel says the follow-up would take some time to create after getting an all clear.

Recently, CinemaBlend was able to speak with Jon Landau who co-produced Alita: Battle Angel right alongside James Cameron. It was there the producer stressed movies take a long time to make, and a sequel would be no different.

"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 script is great, you then have a six 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," Landau said.

With this note in mind, fans rallying for an Alita sequel could be waiting quite awhile. The movie has a dedicated fanbase which petitions for more content daily. If all goes well, their pleas will not go unheard, but it could be 4-5 years before Alita even thinks of returning to theaters.

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Battle Angel Alita (known as GUNNM in Japan) was originally created by Yukito Kishiro for Shueisha's Weekly Business Jump in 1990. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic future and follows Alita, a cyborg who is found in a garbage heap by a doctor and rebuilt. Completely devoid of her memory, all she has to cling to is a legendary cyborg martial art known as Panzer Kunst. With this knowledge, Alita decides to become a bounty hunter. The series has since been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media, and collected into nine volumes.