Astro Boy Soon in Live-Action Movie
A live-action adaptation of Astro Boy is currently in development. Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment and Japan’s Tezuka Productions are teaming up to bring the beloved character into life. Read on for more details on this story.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment has partnered with Japan’s Tezuka Productions to develop a live-action adaptation of the character Astro Boy. The iconic character’s last appearance was in the 2009 animated film which featured the voices of Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron and Nicolas Cage.
Astro Boy originated from the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka which ran from 1952 to 1968. The manga was adapted into the first-ever animated Japanese television series which later came to be known as Anime. The series was then remade into other several series in several countries as well as movies.
Set in a futuristic world where Robots co-exist with humans, the story follows the adventures of a robot named Astro Boy, a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Doctor Tenma, to replace his son Tobio who died in a car accident. Tenma treated Astro as lovingly as if he was the real Tobio; however, Tenma soon realized that the little robot could not fill the void of his lost son, especially given that Astro could not grow older or express human aesthetics.
After some time, Professor Ochanomizu, the new head of the Ministry of Science, adopts Astro and takes him as his own, treating him gently and warmly and becoming his legal guardian. He soon realizes that Astro has superior powers and skills as well as the ability to experience human emotions. Astro then is shown fighting crime, evil and injustice with most of his enemies include robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk or alien invaders.
Zach Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment will produce the live-action pic with Jason Lust acting as executive producer. No directors are attached to the film yet, with Ranger 7 Films’ Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber who will also executive produce beginning the hunt for writers.
“We’ve seen him as a manga, an anime and an animated movie, but we’ve never seen him as a live-action movie or him as a superhero; we actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man,” Nalbandian told THR.
Animal Logic Entertainment is known for their visual effects work on films like “Happy Feet” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
And that’s it for our latest scoop on the live-action adaptation of Astro Boy. For more updates on upcoming movies, especially on Astro Boy, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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