Two New Photos from Imagi's Astro Boy
Summit Entertainment will be showing off a finished scene from Astro Boy this weekend at the New York Comic-Con. So in advance of that event, our friends at Ain't It Cool News has posted two new photos from the film today. Despite the news that Imagi was temporarily shutting down because they ran out of money, Astro Boy is still on schedule for release this October. I'm still holding out hope in that I'll see something that will change my mind on this, but I'm not sure. Although I'm not too keen on the look of Astro Boy himself, I think this has a lot of potential with villains (like the one seen below) and other cool characters.
Set in futuristic Metro City, AstroBoy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.
Astro Boy is directed by ex-Disney animator David Bowers, of Flushed Away previously, with a screenplay written by Timothy Harris, of Brewster's Millions, Kindergarten Cop, and Space Jam previously. Imagi Animation, the studio behind TMNT last year, is developing this animated film which is based on Osamu Tezuka's manga series. Astro Boy will arrive in theaters everywhere on October 23rd, 2009.