Universal and Chris Meledandri Bringing Manga 'Pluto' to Life

October 20, 2010
Source: Deadline

Meledandri / Pluto

Adaptations of popular manga are already headed to the big screen with WB's upcoming productions of favorites like Akira and Bleach. Now Deadline reports Universal and Illumination Entertainment's Chris Meledandri (producer of Despicable Me and former Fox Animation exec) will are jumping into the game with a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of Pluto. The popular Japanese manga series is based on Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, but writer Naoki Urasawa reinterprets the story as a suspenseful murder mystery starring Gesicht, a Europol robot detective trying to solve the case of a string of robot and human deaths.

Meledandri has been taking the animation world by storm after Despicable Me was a surprise hit at the box office this past summer. In addition to Pluto, the animation producer is also working an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Tim Burton's stop-motion take on The Addams Family. Hopefully this adaptation of Pluto fares a little better than the computer animated adaptation of Astro Boy which just couldn't find an audience here in the states. Meledandri is certainly excited as he says, "With Pluto, Naoki Urasawa has defined an imaginative world full of inventive action and adventure but it was his characters and heartfelt story that compelled me towards acquiring these rights." Any Pluto fans like the sound of this?

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uh, yay?

tivdatsun on Oct 20, 2010


Sounds all right to me. At least I'll hold any judgement until the film makes it out. And, not to belittle Urasawa, who is one of the best manga artists/writers I've ever read, but the sad truth is that a lot more people out there know very little about him or even PLUTO. If it actually gets people curious enough to check out the series who have never read it before, so much the better. Besides, did anyone hear any griping when the live-action films for 20th CENTURY BOYS came out? Just asking.....

Marc McKenzie on Oct 20, 2010


Akira & Bleach?! Good Lord...

Big Boss on Oct 20, 2010


@Nethanel: No, it is nothing like GITS, Nethanel. Believe me, it is so, sooooo not like GITS. It is essentially a retelling of Tezuka's classic manga ASTRO BOY, but with a modern sensibility. And while I have not read the complete series--just volume 1 and most of volume 2--it is clearly nothing like GITS. It is very good though--definitely worth reading. @ Big Boss: Yep, those two titles are in development (or rather, development hell), but PLUTO will probably make it to theaters waaayyyy before these. So...don't spend your time worrying about 'em--I mean, you do have the option NOT to see the films if and when they come out, right?

Marc McKenzie on Oct 21, 2010


I've read the first volume of this manga, and it was pretty good. I must say I expected it to be an anime before it ever became a movie in the U.S.

Lamar on Oct 21, 2010


I hope that if this happens they'll produce more of the manga volumes

Ethan on Apr 21, 2012

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