Astro Boy Is Heading to the Big Screen as a Live-Action Film

Astroboy - 1In 1952 Astro Boy was a Japanese manga series, in 1963 an animated series, and in 2009 a computer-animated film. Now Astro is heading for the big screen again but time as a live-action film.

Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment has partnered with Japan’s Tezuka Productions to develop a live-action feature adaptation. Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic Entertainment will produce with Jason Lust acting as executive producer. Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber from Ranger 7 Films will also exec produce. A director has yet to be attached to the project, but the producers are about to begin a search for writers.

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. – Nalbandian

The original Astro Boy manga centres around a scientist who creates a robot boy to fill the void left after the death of his son. He is abandoned when it becomes clear that he cannot properly replace the dead boy, and is later adopted by a kindly professor.

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