Alita: Battle Angel star Christoph Waltz admits he's "disappointed and surprised" by the lack of a sequel

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From Digital Spy

Alita: Battle Angel star Christoph Waltz has said he's "disappointed" that there's been no movement on a sequel to the cyberpunk action movie yet.

Since the film's release in February 2019, enthusiastic fans have been loudly campaigning for a sequel, while star Rosa Salazar and producer Jon Landau have shared their interest in making a follow-up too.

Now Christoph Waltz – who played renowned cyborg scientist Dr Dyson Ido, Alita's father figure, in the Robert Rodriguez movie – has also voiced his support for a sequel, admitting that he's "disappointed and surprised" that he's heard nothing yet.

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"Of course! Of course I would [return for a sequel]!" Waltz told Collider recently.

"But, you know, I'm as wise as you are. I haven't heard anything and I'm a little disappointed and surprised that I haven't heard a thing so far, because I know that it has followers.

"I know that people liked it and aside from what others said, I loved it and I liked working on it and I liked the result."

The Inglourious Basterds actor also went on to theorise that the lack of a sequel might have something to do with the Disney-Fox merger, arguing that an Alita sequel may not "fit into the Disneyfication" of the company.

"You know, it was Fox and Fox doesn't exist anymore. Now it's Disney," Waltz added.

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"Maybe it doesn't fit into the Disneyfication, but I have no clue. I have no clue. Maybe they're working on something and I wouldn't be the first person to hear, but meanwhile, I haven't heard anything."

Released in February 2019, the big screen adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's manga series made a little more than $404 million (£327m) worldwide at the box office, which is a pretty sizeable number, and it has a solid fanbase ready and waiting to support a sequel if and when it gets made.

That said, it cost an estimated $170 million to make and received some pretty scathing reviews after its premiere. And, of course, the film's studio 20th Century Fox was later taken over by Disney, so it's kind of understandable that there hasn't been any solid news about a follow-up just yet.

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