Astro Boy Live-Action Movie Headed to New Line, Gains Writers

The Astro Boy live-action movie will be produce by New Line Cinema, and the San Andreas scribes will pen the script.

Warner Bros.’s New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to the Astro Boy live-action movie, according to THR. Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, the scribes behind last year’s San Andreas, will pen the script. 

New Line’s aim with the film is to produce a “four-quadrant” Astro Boy adventure, one that will cater to every demographic. It does look like they want to stray away a bit from 2009’s Astro Boy animated film, which was viewed as more of a children’s movie than something that could penetrate adults’ increasing genre sensibilities. 

We’ll how this one fares in the coming months, as production begins. No news on release date just yet. 

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Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment will partner with Japan’s Tezuka Productions to produce a live-action version of the Astro Boy adventures. 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 serve as executive producers.

Astro Boy is one of those beloved manga characters that is widely recognized around the world. You don’t need to know anything about manga or the world of comics to know about Astro Boy. The little robot boy has been around since the 1950s in Japan, created by Osamu Tezuka for newspaper strips and comics. Those stories were later adapted into several anime series in the 70s and 80s. Although Astro Boy recently got a Hollywood animated film back in 2009 by Imagi Animation, it’s never too soon to see Astro Boy fighting evildoers.

“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. We want to make it aspirational but not soft,” said Nalbandian. 

More news on Astro Boy’s newest big screen outing as we learn it!