Battle Angel sequel is still possible, says Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel focused on Alita (Rosa Salazar), a cyborg who was awakened with no memory and was taken in by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who recognized the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

The story clearly set the stage for a sequel, but there are a lot of factors at play that means it might never come to fruition.

Alita: Battle Angel does have a passionate fanbase who would be eager for a sequel and that’s something the cast and crew want to deliver if they can.

While speaking with THR for a feature revolving around The Book of Boba Fett, Alita: Battle Angel director Robert Rodriguez revealed that a sequel is still possible.

— Jim and I talked about it recently, and we’re still very interested. I told him, ‘Let me deliver Boba, and then let’s figure out a pitch.’

James Cameron had been developing Alita: Battle Angel for quite some time, but his work on the Avatar sequels caused him to pass the reins to Robert Rodriguez.

Cameron remained on board as producer and co-writer, and still clearly wants to continue the franchise.

The release of Alita: Battle Angel was met with mixed reviews and although it grossed more than $400 million worldwide, it wasn’t exactly the blockbuster numbers that 20th Century Fox had hoped.

Fox’s subsequent acquisition by Disney may also be a stumbling block, but Robert Rodriguez told Forbes last year that the Alita: Battle Angel sequel could find a home on Disney+. “I think anything is possible.

Disney bought Fox, and they have Disney Plus, so that is worth the conversation. I know other people would love to see another, and I would love to do another one,” Rodriguez said.

“As far as where it would go or how it would be made, I think 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.” Would you still like to see a sequel to Alita: Battle Angel?

The Book of Boba Fett will debut on Disney+ on December 29th.

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Harvey Weinstein threatened to replace Peter Jackson with Quentin Tarantino

Lord of the Rings: Harvey Weinstein threatened to replace Peter Jackson with Quentin Tarantino.

In our latest installment of “Feel Old Yet?”, you might be horrified to learn that The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Fans of Peter Jackson’s ground-breaking adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy saga know that the development of the project wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, but could you imagine if Lord of the Rings had been directed by Quentin Tarantino?

Give me a moment to explain. The Lord of the Rings was originally set up at Miramax with Bob and Harvey Weinstein and although they were initially supportive of Peter Jackson’s vision for the series, they quickly changed their tune and came after Jackson with a lot of ridiculous demands.

While speaking with The Independent, Peter Jackson’s manager Ken Kamins revealed that Harvey Weinstein had actually threatened to replace Jackson with Quentin Tarantino if Jackson couldn’t cram all three stories into one film.

— Harvey would go from acting empathetically to turning on a dime into Mr. Hyde and would threaten Peter. He’d threaten to get Quentin Tarantino to direct if Peter couldn’t do it in one film that was two-and-a-half hours – which was the exact opposite of what he initially told us he wanted. Eventually, I go to Harvey and say, “You have to give us a window to shop it.” —

While I doubt that Quentin Tarantino was ever aware that his name was being used to threaten Peter Jackson, you can’t help but wonder what Tarantino’s Lord of the Rings would have looked like.

As we know, Peter Jackson and the producers were able to sell Lord of the Rings to New Line, and it was actually founder Robert Shaye who suggested expanding the project to three films. According to Kamins, “[Shaye] said, ‘Tolkien did your job for you.

He wrote three books so you have three movies,’ and I’m kicking Peter under the table not believing what I’m hearing.

They said yes on Monday and were out of pocket $12m by Wednesday. Harvey was absolutely stunned. He set us up to fail and expected us to fail. But he got his five percent.”

This is far from the first time that Quentin Tarantino has had his name attached to an unlikely project. He previously had an idea for a Star Trek movie, but unlike The Lord of the Rings, Tarantino was actually aware of his involvement on that one.

While Quentin Tarantino figures out what his tenth and final film will be, I suppose The Silmarillion could be an option?

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Jonathan Groff on playing the new Agent Smith

The Matrix Resurrections will find Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss returning as their iconic characters Neo and Trinity, but the film will also see a few more Matrix characters returning in new forms.

It was previously reported that Jonathan Groff would be playing Thomas Anderson’s “slick and confident” business partner,” but the latest trailer for The Matrix Resurrections revealed that his character seems to be the latest incarnation of Agent Smith.

While speaking with Games Radar, Jonathan Groff spoke about playing this new version of Agent Smith in The Matrix Resurrections.

“[Director] Lana [Washowski] was interested in the new programming of certain characters,” Groff said.

“And so, as far as giving nods or winks or references to things that had happened previously, I allowed her to drive the car and would be ready and willing to do anything she asked for at any moment.

So, the process for me was making something my own and trusting her to mold and shift it as it went along.”

Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith is so distinctive that it’s hard to imagine anyone else taking on the role, but judging by what we’ve seen in The Matrix Resurrections trailers, Groff seems to have done his homework.

The actor recently spoke with Jake Hamilton and said that he spent a lot of time watching clips of Weaving’s work, particularly a supercut of every time Agent Smith said, “Mr. Anderson” in the series.

— I spent so much time watching him and looking at clips of him, there’s a YouTube [clip] of him saying ‘Mr. Anderson’, every time he says it, that I watched repeatedly. Just cuts of him saying ‘Mr. Anderson’. —

The first reactions to The Matrix Resurrections began rolling out last night, with most praising the film while admitting that it’s sure to be divisive upon release.

In addition to Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix Resurrections also stars Yahya Abdul Mateen-II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Tony Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Matrix: Resurrections will hit theaters on December 22nd and will also be available to stream on HBO Max.

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Fans have been anticipating the latest Matrix film for some time. Let’s take at look at who’s returning and who’s new in the cast.

The latest trailer has recently launched for The Matrix Resurrections and fans are excited to see the epic sci-fi series continue.

The trailer has created much nostalgia, and there is a huge amount of anticipation showcasing that The Matrix was one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

Lana Wachowski wrote and directed The Matrix Resurrections, and the film is set to release on December 22nd.

Although there were mixed reactions to The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the entire series produced groundbreaking special effects and several memorable characters.

The Matrix Resurrections takes place many years after the last film and follows Thomas A. Anderson A.K.A Neo (Keanu Reeves) living a normal life in San Francisco. After a chance encounter with Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) and meeting a new version of Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Neo is thrown back down the rabbit hole and must take down a new threat against humanity.

While the trailers have showcased some characters who are returning, there are also several new characters to join the science fiction saga.

Although the trailers seem to hit the mark and offer us several glimpses into the action that awaits, fans will have to wait until the premier to make their determinations on the quality of the film.

Let’s break down the cast of The Matrix Resurrections and see who is returning and who is new.

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Nostalgia is crucial in the latest trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, as Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus returns…kind of.

The latest trailer for the upcoming action sci-fi action sequel The Matrix Resurrections continues to tease the movie’s intriguingly meta relationship with the rest of the franchise.

The brief clip shows Neo meeting the new, younger Morpheus (played by Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) against a backdrop of footage from the first The Matrix outing, which includes footage of Laurence Fishburne’s iconic iteration of the resistance leader.

While there had been theories posited that The Matrix Resurrections would be wiping much of the earlier franchise from canon, that has now been proven to be far from the case, with the long, long-awaited follow-up instead taking a much more interesting approach to its predecessors.

As well as revealing that the resistance now uses various portals to travel around the Matrix, similar to the various doors that are used in The Matrix Reloaded, things quickly get very meta when Neo is told by the new Morpheus that “Nothing comforts anxiety like a little nostalgia,” all while watching footage from his earlier adventures.

Legacy sequels are often criticized for their reliance on nostalgia, with the likes of Ghostbusters: Afterlife being the most recent example, but it looks like The Matrix Resurrections will tackle this head-on, even making it part of the story, as this new band of freedom fighters uses this sometimes-cheap emotive technique to lure Neo back into the fight.

There have been a lot of references to the concept of déjà vu in the latest marketing material for The Matrix Resurrections, something which was a crucial element of the previous trilogy, and it looks like the fourth movie in The Matrix franchise will attempt to fold the repetitive nature of sequels into the narrative.

Whether this self-aware approach will work remains to be seen, but it’s certainly an interesting way to plug audiences back into this world.

Produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity respectively, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith, who will also reprise the roles of Niobe from previous movies.

Making up the rest of the supporting cast are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Bernhardt, Eréndira Ibarra, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Telma Hopkins, Max Riemelt, Toby Onwumere, Brian J. Smith, Andrew Caldwell, and Ellen Hollman.

Several character descriptions have also since been released, each of which peel back the curtain ever so slightly on some of the movie’s central mysteries.

Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is confirmed to be playing “the wise and worldly Morpheus who, as always, serves as a guide to Neo while also fulfilling his own greater purpose on a very singular journey of self-discovery,” but can this version of Neo’s former mentor really be trusted?

Mindhunter star Jonathan Groff’s role meanwhile has now been revealed to be supremely villains in nature, with the mysterious character being introduced in The Matrix Resurrections as “Thomas Anderson’s business partner, a slick, confident corporate type with insouciant charm, a disarming smile and an eye on the bottom line–everything Mr. Anderson is not.”

The Matrix Resurrections will have its world premiere on December 18, 2021, in San Francisco and is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros.

Pictures theatrically on December 22, 2021. The movie will also stream digitally on HBO Max in the United States for a month beginning on that same date.

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