Live-Action "Astro Boy" Movie in Development

Producers go after comic book movie audience. “We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man.”

Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment, known for effects work on Happy Feet and Avengers: Age of Ultron, has partnered with Japan’s Tezuka Productions to develop a live-action feature based on Osamu Tezuka's manga character and star of the first televised anime series, Astro Boy.

 

No director is currently attached to the project, but the producers are about to begin a search for writers. Astro Boy is part of Animal Logic's effort to develop a slate of live-action, hybrid and special effects-heavy projects, which also includes a Betty Boop feature.


Animal Logic is going after a comic book movie audience with this one.

 

“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,” said producer Zareh Nalbandian. “We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man.”

 

The producers also want to take advantage of the large ensemble of supporting characters and villains that were created over the decades.

 

"We want to make it aspirational but not soft," added Nalbandian.

 

Actually,a Japanese 1959–60 Japanese live-action TV series was compiled into Tetsuwan Atomu's previous live-action movie appearance.

 

 

via Hollywood Reporter


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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