‘Astro Boy’ Live-Action Movie in the Works at New Line

Astro Boy Movie
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New Line is in negotiations to come on board a live-action “Astro Boy” movie, and it’s tapped “San Andreas” writers Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore to pen the script.

The development comes a year after Animal Logic (“The Lego Movie”) and Tezuka Prods. announced that they were developing the project.

A $65 million CGI-animated “Astro Boy” was released in 2009 by Imagi Animation Studios, based on the mangas and anime series by Osamu Tezuka and voiced by Freddie Highmore. The film grossed $40 million worldwide.

Astro Boy first appeared in a Japanese manga series from 1951 to 1968, selling over 100 million copies worldwide. The character was the star of a TV series in 1980 and 2003.

The feature will be produced by Zareh Nalbandian from Animal Logic, with Jason Lust as executive producer along with Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber from Ranger 7 Films.

Animal Logic’s credits on design, animation and visual effects include “The Lego Movie,” “Happy Feet,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “300.” It’s currently in production on “Lego Ninjago,” “Lego Batman” and Chen Kaige’s “The Monk.”

Fabrizio and Passmore originally sold “San Andreas” to New Line as a pitch, then wrote the script for the 2015 Dwayne Johnson actioner. The team is repped by CAA, Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment and Robert Szymanski at Eclipse Law Corp.

The news about New Line was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Paul says:

    Being over 30 now and only seeing the erosion of the Astro Boy character over the years and the disaster of the previous movie, I would love to see a movie about Astro Boy in a modern day adventure of the likes of the Avendures but keeping Astro Boy true to who he is and his character. He doesn’t have red boots! OMG they were socks given to him. Astro Boy was a robot pretending to be a real boy. Why not have a boy actor play him and run the special effects from that keeping to the 1980’s series. Anything less will be unjust.

  2. nicolehphoto says:

    How will this be live action? Can’t quite grasp how this will work. Please do my favourite little robot justice

  3. Prizm says:

    The original premise is rather sad (Doctor creates Astro Boy to replace his son who died in a car accident). I for one would certainly welcome a more mature remake of Astro Boy.

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