AstroBoy will be getting some new direction.

According to Variety, the AstroBoy movie will be getting a new director in Flushed Away helmer David Bowers.

Bowers is taking over for Colin Brady, who was originally set to direct this $50 million animated tale. The trade didn't indicate why Brady was off the project.

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The flick is based off the manga comic created by Osamu Tezaku and the film is looking towards a 2009 release date and will be distributed by Warner Bros. and the Weinstein Company.

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