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.