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March 6, 2019

In 2005, An Activision Designer Dreamed Up A Battle Angel Alita Game That Never Happened

Alita: Battle Angel finally made it to theaters this year, long after James Cameron first bought the rights and tried to make the movie in 2005. At the time, a young game designer at Activision thought it might be the right time to pitch an Alita video game.

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February 20, 2019

What We Loved (No, Really) About Alita Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel is an adaptation of the beloved Gumnm manga, and it’s a movie where everything that could happen in a movie happens. It’s got fights, a fake sport, a romance, and at the center of it all an amnesiac cyborg and her adoptive dad. I sat down with Tim Rogers to talk about all the things we unexpectedly…

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February 16, 2019

Welcome to the cyber world: The real-world tech behind Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel has some promising real-world analogues.”>

Enlarge / The futuristic cyborg world depicted in Alita: Battle Angel has some promising real-world analogues. (credit: 20th Century Fox)

The CGI-heavy cinematic world of Alita: Battle Angel, is chock-full of the kinds of cyberpunk toys most of us only dream about. But while much of the technology in Alita is futuristic, it’s deliberately grounded in the real-world technology of today, per producer James Cameron’s vision.

(Mildest of spoilers for Alita: Battle Angel below. You can read Sam Machkovech’s largely spoiler-free review [...]

 
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February 16, 2019

How ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ triumphed over the uncanny valley

When the first trailer for the live action Alita: Battle Angel dropped in late December 2017, the internet was abuzz about the eponymous character’s large CG eyes. Heck, even we called them “creepy” and “weird.” Now that the film’s finally here and I…
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