Late animator and author Tezuka Osamu’s Astro Boy
has seen many a take on the title character spanning several movies, shows and books sixty years since its creation Kodansha publication. A 2009 CGI animated film came from Summit Entertainment and didn’t exactly bode well for American audiences, although now the effort is being revamped for a live-action franchise.
Based on the classic story, the film centers on a robotic boy, built in the image of his creators deceased son, who is abandoned and taken under by a new scientist who enhances him with special abilities to use to fight crime. THR brings the word that Australian production house, Animal Logic, known largey for its VFX work on projects like X-Men: Days Of Future Past, 300, The Matrix, The LEGO Moive and the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron, is teaming up with Tezuka Productions to create a four-film franchise suited for today’s comic book movie audience.
The production is in search of a screenwriter with no director attached just yet. In the meantime, it’s been a while Hollywood became the ire of many a fan of Japanese content and we’ve seen some improvements thusfar in films like Edge Of Tomorrow. Yes, the forthcoming Ghost In The Shell movie has its own issues, but hopefully this will be an upward trend that sees the ascension and improvement of how we observe Japanese novels and animes.
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