It's been about a year since we officially heard word of a live-action Astro Boy, but just because the development has been kept relatively quiet, doesn't mean it's been forgotten. From what we can tell, it sounds as if production has simply been taking its time assembling the right team.
After multiple attempts, Astro Boy was finally given the Hollywood treatment in 2009 by way of an animated feature, but received mixed reviews. This time around, the production team is rolling the dice and making the 1950s manga character a real boy.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter announced that not only is the project still in the works, but it's just brought on San Andreas writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore to pen the screenplay and New Line is in talks to take on the distribution rights.
Astro Boy tells the story of a futuristic sci-fi world in which a robot boy, Astro, was invented by a scientist to fill the void left by his dead son. Over the course of the series, Astro finds his unique skills make him adept at fighting the forces of evil.
Produced by Animal Logic Entertainment, Ranger 7 Films and Tezuka Productions, this new take on Astro Boy is likely to become a massive hit in the near future, and is set to cater to male and female viewers, plus the over- and under-25s market. In an age where adaptations seem to be all the rage, hopefully Astro Boy will be one we get right.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)