Live action adaptation of Astro Boy headed to the big screen

The beloved anime hero Astro Boy is about to get the live-action, big-screen treatment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is in negotiations to pick up the rights to Astro Boy, with plans to created a “live-action, four-quadrant adventure movie.” The studio has hired Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (San Andreas) to write the script. The film will apparently aim for a less-kiddie take on the story, which probably means a PG-13 action version, maybe?

If you’re unfamiliar with the character, here’s the gist: “Astro is a robot boy created by a scientist as a replacement for the man’s dead son. After going on a Pinocchio-style adventure, he ends up with a new owner and a new mission: to fight evil using his many superpowers.”

The character has been kicking around since the 1950s, when he was created  by Osamu Tezuka and was introduced in comic and newspaper strip stories. Astro Boy transitioned to animation in the 1970s and 1980s, becoming a major cult phenomenon. Of course, this isn’t the first time a studio has tried to bring Astro Boy to life (a CGI film was actually released in 2009), but signing on the big dumb action aficionados of Fabrizio and Passmore to put a script together means they’re apparently taking this push fairly seriously. 

Is this the big-budget Astro Boy you always wanted?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)