Astro Boy to resume production for its October release

The computer-animated Astro Boy is officially back on track for an Oct. 23 release after producer Imagi Entertainment announced it's completed a $25 million financing plan, Variety reported.

Imagi, which temporarily suspended Astro Boy production last month, said late Tuesday that the funding means it will also continue active development of the Gatchaman and Tusker projects.

The company's U.S. president, Erin Corbett, told Daily Variety that the company's has already called back all but 23 of its staffers to complete Astro Boy. About 100 of Imagi's 120 staffers—most of them in Sherman Oaks, Calif.—were furloughed last month.

Astro Boy, the story of a young robot with superhero powers, was created by Osamu Tezuka and first aired as a TV animated series in Japan in the mid-1960s. The movie is helmed by David Bowers with a voice cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Freddie Highmore, Eugene Levy, Donald Sutherland and Kristen Bell.

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