Battle: Los Angeles Sequel on the Way?

Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles is a great example of a movie that delivered some impressive trailers but ultimately ended up being nothing more than an empty shell, disappointing both moviegoers and critics alike. Despite the bait and switch, the movie had a strong opening weekend and eventually managed to make over $200 million worldwide. That’s not quite enough to compete with the summer blockbuster crowd, but it’s certainly more than enough to make Sony consider a sequel. This week Liebesman confirmed that another Battle: Los Angeles movie was in the early stages of development. Here is what he had to say:


“We’ve just started the script now, so that’s where we are. We have just begun the script. Just because I don’t want the studio to get pissed at me, I’m not sure what I can and can’t say about it. But what’s exciting is it sounds like the budget will be as big. They’re really going to make it an event.”

The original film cost $70 million to make, which is not all that huge by today’s standards. I suppose at the very least, they are smart not to increase the budget. If you ask me, the original barely even has a story to expand on, but maybe with a different director at the helm they could do something interesting with it. Battle: New York maybe? Battle: Chicago? What do you think, will audiences be interested in a sequel after already being burned once? Coincidentally, we’ll find out this weekend when Liebesman’s new film Wrath of the Titans hits theatres!

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  • Maopheus

    What’s the point?

  • Jason_Miami

    Ugh, that was the worst movie of 2011 that I can recall. It was a non-stop cliche machine and it’s insane that anyone is considering a sequel. But considering the product that was the first movie, it’s probably easy for a computer to write the script for the sequel, considering it’s very hard to imagine any actual people with creativity will be involved in this one either. I suppose there are a few hundred people out there who would be excited about this. More power to ‘em.

  • AmKe

    I liked it.

  • Zac

    First movie that I was too sleepy to walk out.

  • http://dharmalarspodcast.blogspot.com/ James

    I thought it was a bloody awful film with great trailers! Agree with you there. But at the end of the day, if it cost xyz to make and got it’s money back with everyone involved getting paid that’ll be all it needs to fire off a sequel!

  • Tony

    I learned two things Battle LA:
    1) Marines are awesome, you should enlist… like today, cause they’re awesome, and you’re not unless you’re a Marine.
    2) Shakycam can make me nausious when over used (a theory until it was proven that day).

  • http://www.hiperkubs.lv/ Oskars

    The alien design, and the little flying machines where super cool. The mother ship was awful.

    The story by it self, as much as it was there was ok too, but the final execution, camera work, dialoge, and abscence of foul language in traumatic situations was totally retarded.

  • Crimson

    I think if another one is made it needs a new director. Plus I don’t think anyone in the first film is worthy of bringing back. If I was Sony I would drop the idea because the 1st one was lacking in so many depatments. The trailer’s were awesome thou and I think that made people feel even more cheated.

  • Jack

    You people are idiots the movie was great I loved it! I can watch it all day long and it even makes me cry! A good movie will do that to you it sucks you in Battle LA was a great that also HAD a story. It has plenty to stem from so if you want to hate then simply don’t watch it and go back to soaps

  • Ken

    I don’t understand what exactly was so terrible about a movie that promised big action with lots of gunfire and stuff blowing up. We got what was promised. Are people really trying to say they expected an movie worthy of a best picture nomination on the subject matter at hand. Its a sci fi fantasy about an alien invasion that I thought was shot quit well. Lack of profanity kept the ratings lower I guess. Only part of the movie I didn’t like was the end, where they went willy nilly back into LA with no set battle plan. Would never happen that way, almost as impossible as flashing up a mothballed (museum) battleship in 30 minutes. Give it a rest people, these movies are supposed to be fun, I don’t think they’re made to win academy awards or futher our thoughts about the human question. A sequel will be fun!!

  • Scott

    This was a good movie

  • Lee

    I expected the movie to be cheesie. Was pleasently suprised that it was pretty good. It should have a part 2. Those of you who did not like it probably don’t like SF or the military in the first place.

  • julien

    the movie was f’ing amazing ive watched it at least a 1000 times and i liked that it kept me guessing about what would happen next.and i thought the ending had a purpose cause most people who watched it probably cant wait to see what happens next i know thts how i feel so the hell with critics it was an amazing movie cant wait for the sequal.

  • Evao

    I love this movie!!! Love michelle rodriguez and Aarom Eckhart and all the marines are hot! I totally cried too…..awesome battle scenes….would totally go watch a sequel…i appreciate a film without corny dialogue, overt nudity and unnecessary cursing

  • BillN

    It was a great movie and delivered what was promised. Don’t trash the movie because you had other ideas of what it would be. I’m very happy to hear there will be a sequel….can’t wait to own that on Blu-ray as well.

  • Duckyou

    Battle: Chicago, Batte: New York? Really? Neither one would be a sequel. They’d be a completely different story, movie, all on it’s on. Somebody needs to figure out what a sequel is. Where Battle: Los Angeles ended is where the sequel should start. Have Battle: Take Back LA, or whatever.

  • FockU

    You’re a retard, end yourself.

  • JamesURAFaggot

    Kill yourself you pompous dickhole.

  • Jason_is_Retard

    Hang yourself.

  • Chris Holt

    well i think that yall need to make it battle: Los Angeles 2 because in the first one it left off when Foxtrot to november is going back in to battle and we the people need to know how they are doing as far as taking the world back i mean its time to start thinking about it because if i do say so Battle: Los Angeles was one of the best alien invade up till battleship came out but still its a damn good movie no matter what the critics thing it aint about what they think its about what the people think don’t u think so?????????

  • Chris Holt

    well i think that yall need to make it battle: Los Angeles 2 because in the first one it left off when Foxtrot to november is going back in to battle and we the people need to know how they are doing as far as taking the world back i mean its time to start thinking about it because if i do say so Battle: Los Angeles was one of the best alien invade up till battleship came out but still its a damn good movie no matter what the critics thing it aint about what they think its about what the people think don’t u think so?????????

  • disastermovieguy

    Why not do seperate films ? Have a movie called Battle: New York and have the story told on the marines versus the aliens on THAT. City….you already covered on the struggles and battles in los angeles…..now do new york, london, san francisco and a bunch more. What do you think?

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