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Science Fiction’s Ten Best One-On-One Fights To The Death

Science fiction film and television has provided no shortage of jaw-dropping battle scenes over the years. We’ve watched ships stalk each other through thick nebula haze, sleek starfighters dancing through fields of debris, and burning dreadnoughts make one final, defiant suicide charge against the enemy. But while some of the genre’s most memorable moments were played out on a huge scale, there are plenty of smaller, more personal battles that were just as intense and dramatic. After all, it’s easy to go to war when you’ve got a fleet of the galaxy’s finest behind you, but what about when it’s just you against the person/thing across from you, and only one of you is walking away alive?

In honor of The Hunger Games hitting theaters tomorrow, we here at GFR decided to look back at our favorite mano-a-mano SF fights over the years. These dustups are one-on-one and to-the-death. No one has to actually die, but the intent to kill has to be there, on one side or both. Let’s step into the ring and meet our first contenders… (Note: You can click the images to watch video of the fights.)

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French Director’s Live-Action Akira Teaser Is Heavy On The Tease

The live-action Akira movie may be stalled for the moment, but they’ll almost certainly get around to making some version of it at some point. Whether that’s a good idea or not is up for debate, and there certainly was a lot of debate over this last round of production, before everything ground to a halt thanks to that old standby — budget concerns. Still, Akira is a property with a lot of passionate fans, and each of those fans has their own ideal vision of what a live-action Akira movie should be (assuming it should be anything at all). That fandom includes a French director named Fabien Dubois, and he’s taken his passion for Akira a step further by posting a live-action teaser for his version of Akira to video site Vimeo. Check it out below:

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Live Action Ben 10 Movie Moving Along

Life is rough when you’re a kid, especially when your life involves transforming into various alien creatures in order to help protect the world.  That is the situation Ben Tennyson – the hero of Cartoon Network’s animated sci-fi children’s television show Ben 10 – is thrust into after finding a wrecked alien pod and having the watch-like Omnimatrix attach to his arm.  

The Ben 10 franchise has been a boon to Cartoon Network, as it’s spawned multiple series (Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien), made for tv movies, games, and merchandise in the seven years since the first series premiered. Ben is set to return in a new television show (Ben 10: Omniverse) in September 2012, but there’s also a live-action feature film in the works.

Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, and Steve Richards are producing the film through Silver’s own Silver Studios, which just announced that it had signed screenwriter Albert Torres to the project.  Torres has been in the news recently for doing a re-write on another live-action adaptation of an animated sci-fi property about a teenage boy with surprising powers – Akira.

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Live-Action Akira Movie May Be Done By Dark Knight’s Nolan

The live-action Akira movie that fans don’t actually seem to want just won’t go away. Last we we learned that production on the upcoming film was halted due to problems with the budget, and that seemed to be the end of it. But now Jonathan Nolan may resurrect it.

Nolan is best known as the brother of director Christopher Nolan and the co-writer of such great Nolan helmed films as Memento, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight. With budget concerns in mind, Warner Brothers is considering bringing in Jonathan Nolan to rewrite their current Akira script, according to Cinema Blend.

That’s the good news. You can’t really go wrong getting the guy behind The Dark Knight involved. The bad news is that they haven’t decided and may hire Michael Green instead, a man who was partially responsible for the awful script used on the Green Lantern movie. Guess which of those writers comes cheaper?

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Production On Akira Stopped Because Of Budget And Script Concerns

The latest incarnation of a live action Akira is being put on hold. Warner Bros. is halting production on the film due to budgetary and casting concerns; there may also be some problems with the script. Akira is used to having its production stopped, the adaptation of the original anime film has been batted about Hollywood for over a decade.

What we’re talking about isn’t a wait and see situation, the Vancouver offices are being closed and the workers sent home. Hopefully they can now spend time watching “Super Happy Fun Time J-Pop Wow Yeah!” The producers of this version are planning to sit with director Jaume Collet-Serra to try and revamp the script to bring the budget in line with what Warner Bros. wants. The current version is expected to cost $90 million, and that’s before any stars except Garret Hedlund had signed on.

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Akira Plot Description Released

The live-action Akira film currently being cast (with almost exclusively white actors) is going to need a whole mess of extras and stand-ins to populate the streets of Neo-Manhattan, so a general casting call has been sent out.  This is, in and of itself, nothing super exciting, but Bleeding Cool says the call did include a plot description for the new film:

Kaneda is a bar owner in Neo-Manhattan who is stunned when his brother, Tetsuo, is abducted by government agents led by The Colonel.

Desperate to get his brother back, Kaneda agrees to join with Ky Reed and her underground movement who are intent on revealing to the world what truly happened to New York City thirty years ago when it was destroyed. Kaneda believes their theories to be ludicrous but after finding his brother again, is shocked when he displays telekinetic powers.

Ky believes Tetsuo is headed to release a young boy, Akira, who has taken control of Tetsuo’s mind. Kaneda clashes with The Colonel’s troops on his way to stop Tetsuo from releasing Akira but arrives too late. Akira soon emerges from his prison courtesy of Tetsuo as Kaneda races in to save his brother before Akira once again destroys Manhattan island, as he did thirty years ago.

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