Alita: Battle Angel has reached a significant benchmark.
As of this writing, 79,756 fans out of a goal of 150,000 have signed the petition calling for a sequel to the 2019 sci-fi action film.
Just two weeks into the original run of the film, fans posted the petition to change.org. The petition addressed to director Robert Rodriguez, producer James Cameron and others involved in the movie's production and distribution is designed to demonstrate to filmmakers that there is a fervent and enthusiastic following for the movie. Despite a $433.7 million profit, there was still a question as to whether there would be a sequel.
"Alita Battle Angel was a fantastic movie released in February of 2019," the petition reads. "This movie was clearly set up for sequels and has a strong fan base of both those who have been fans of Alita for years from the manga and those, like myself, who were first introduced to Alita through this groundbreaking movie."
Alita Battle Angel is about a cyborg warrior woman who battles for her life against other cyborgs and robotic foes. Found and restored by scientist Dr. Dyson Ido, Alita embarks on a quest to recover her lost memory in a cyberpunk post-apocalyptic dystopia. Over the course of the film, Alita becomes a bounty hunter as well as a celebrated participant in a violent sport known as Motorball.
Alita Battle Angel was released after a troubled development and had a fervent following, with fans swarming to social media with signifiers like #AlitaArmy. However, it received a more lukewarm reception in critical reviews. The film is based on the 1990 manga Battle Angel Alita by mangaka Yukito Kishiro (Ashen Victor, Aqua Knight). There was also a 1993 anime release with two original video animations entitled Battle Angel.
Helmed by Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel stars Rosa Salazar as Alita/99, Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido, Keean Johnson as Hugo, Mahershala Ali as Vector, Jennifer Connelly as Dr. Chiren and Ed Skrein as Zapan. The film is currently available on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and digital.