Astro Boy is headed back to theaters, and this time he'll be a real boy playing a robotic surrogate for a dead child. According to THR, Animal Logic Entertainment is teaming with Tezuka Productions for the first live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's iconic Astro Boy manga. A director is not yet attached to the project, but Animal Logic is about to begin meeting with writers for the screenplay.
First seen in print in 1952, Astro Boy told the story of a super-powered robot created by a doctor to replace the son he'd lost; unable to fill that void, Astro Boy is abandoned but later taken in by a professor. Though previous adaptations have been aimed at children--assumedly to teach them that a new puppy will never make up for the old one, and someone else will adopt this mutt anyway--it's said this one will go for broader, all-ages appeal as "a four-quadrant adventure movie tailor-made for the comic book movie age."
As producer Zareh Nalbandian explained, "We actually see him in the same league as an Iron Man." So, while the character's sad backstory will remain the same, now he'll drink to forget it.