Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez has affirmed that not only is he still interested in directing a follow-up to his live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga Gunm, but that he believes a potential sequel could find a home on Disney+.
When asked during a recent interview with Forbes whether a potential Alita franchise could move forward as a streaming exclusive movie or television series, Rodriguez told Contributor Simon Thompson that “anything is possible.”
“Disney bought Fox, and they have Disney+, so that is worth the conversation,” he continued. “I know other people would love to see another, and I would love to do another one.”
The director further stated that, “as far as where it would go or how it would be made,” he believes “streaming has opened up many opportunities such as sequels.”
“It’s already a pre-sold concept, it’s already got a built-in audience that wants to see it, and then it’s delivered to them in a way that’s the easiest for them to consume,” explained Rodriguez. “So, it’s not a bad idea.”
Rodriguez is no stranger to the value presented by streaming platforms, as in addition to his production of We Could Be Heroes, he also guest-directed The Mandalorian episode “The Tragedy” for Disney+.
He will also be executive producing the upcoming The Mandalorian spin-off, The Book of Boba Fett, starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen.
Interestingly enough, a previous rumor first reported on by UK-based pop-culture news outlet Small Screen in November of 2020 positively asserted that Disney and 20th Century Studios were “currently working on an Alita: Battle Angel prequel series which will be made for Disney Plus.”
However, Small Screen also noted that their source had informed them that it was “unclear whether Rodriguez will direct any of the episodes.”
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