Astro Boy is heading back to the big screen, this time as a live action adventure from Australia's Animal Logic Entertainment and Japan's Tezuka Productions. Jason Lust (Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio) will executive produce alongside Mike Callaghan (The Package; 6 Bullets) and Reuben Liber (One in the Chamber) for Ranger 7 Films. No writer or director has been set at this time.
Astro Boy was adapted into an animated adventure for the big screen in 2009. The property is based on the popular Japanese Manga created in the 1950s by Osamu Tezuka, whom many believe is Japan's answer to Walt Disney. Astro Boy has ran for decades in the comics and in newspaper strip form. It has been adapted into several animated series that have aired around the world. Hollywood has tried to launch a live action version in the past, but attempts have failed.
The story follows Astro, a robot boy created by a scientist who sees the android as a replacement for his deceased son. After setting off on a Pinocchio-like journey, Astro ends up with a new owner and a new mission to fight evil using his super robot powers. The new live action movie is being set up to appeal to all ages. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment stated:
"We've seen his 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."
Animal Logic is known for its special effects work on movies that ranger from the animated adventure Happy Feet to this summer's blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. The company is also in the middle of developing a Betty Boop feature film. There is no word on when production might start, or when this new live-action Astro Boy will hit theaters.