23/09/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Summit is to release the Astro Boy movie in North America in October 2009. Produced by Imagi Studios, the animated sci-fi motion picture will release on 3,000 US cinema screens. Astro Boy's cast features Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role.
The character Astro Boy was created in the early 1950s by Japan's Osamu Tezuka, known as the god of science fiction manga and father of anime, and has been the hero of three animated television series.
Set in the future, Imagi Studio's Astro Boy is a superhero origin story about a young robot with incredible powers, created by his scientist father, and his quest in search of his identity and destiny, taking him into a netherworld of robot gladiators before he returns to save Metro City.
Rob Friedman at Summit told SFcrowsnest, "We are pleased to bring the exceptional world of Astro Boy to the big screen for movie-goers in North America. We have lined up some key marketing partners for the film and our October date allows us to put the film out at the right time enabling our partners to reach their targeted audiences with on-going marketing programs tied to the film."
Erin Corbett at Imagi Studios, added, "A beloved icon for over half-a-century, this marks Astro Boy's first time on the big screen, making our film one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. We're thrilled to be bringing this remarkable and enduring property to fans - both old and new - as a grand-scale action-filled adventure with cutting-edge CG technology."
David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop), with Maryann Garger producing.
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