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There’s an Astro Boy live-action movie in the works…

February 5th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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Astro Boy is returning to the big screen and not CGI’d like the last effort, but this time as a live-action creation.

THR are reporting that Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment has partnered with Japan’s Tezuka Productions to develop the new movie.

They report that the plan is to aim less at the Astro Boy demographic – ie kids – specifically and more at the current comic book movie audience.

Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment said: “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.”

They plan on borrowing from the character’s long history and his large range of supporting characters and villains: “We want to make it aspirational but not soft.” 

Could Astro Boy be an Iron Man level hit? We’re doubtful, but you never know in the current movie climate…

Astro Boy was a Japanese manga created in the early 1950s by Osamu Tezuka, he is a robot boy created by a scientist as a replacement for the man’s dead son. After going on a Pinocchio-style adventure, he ends up with a new owner and a new mission: to fight evil (in human or robot form) using his many superpowers.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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