An exclusive report from Variety revealed plans for a reboot of Astro BoyA.K.A Atom Tetsuwan, based on Osamu Tezuka’s iconic manga and pioneering anime adaptation of the same name. Method Animation and Shibuya Productions are teaming up on the project, which will have Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir creator and director Thomas Astruc directing the CG-animated series.

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According to the report, the new Astro Boy is aiming for 52 half-hour episodes, including stories tackling hot topics such as environmental issues, the impact of the internet and social media. Method Animation founder Aton Soumache said Astruc “will bring a fresh and unique take on the work of Tezuka,” who was known for delivering his own powerful messages.

“It took us several months to get the rights and of course there were many Japanese and American companies circling around this property,” Soumache added. “But ultimately (Tezuka’s heirs) gave it to us because we have a similar sensibility and culture of graphic novels in our two countries, and what we achieved with ‘Miraculous’ in Japan and around the world has also played a big role in convincing them.”

A little like Miraculous before that, Astro Boy hopes to bring together an international team of animators, including those from France and Japan.

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Tezuka’s original Astro Boy the manga ran at Kobunsha Shōnen magazine from 1952 to 1968, inspiring the first of a few anime adaptations in 1963. The series was a huge success and marked the first anime to air overseas, with the English broadcast initially airing 104 of the first 124 episodes anime with content changes and the order of their original broadcast.

Source: Variety


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