Summit to distribute big-screen "Astro Boy"

Tue Jun 17, 2008 2:38am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Summit Entertainment will distribute Imagi Studios' computer-animated feature "Astro Boy" worldwide with the exception of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy are on board to lend their voices to the manga-based film. Freddie Highmore voices the title character.

Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" manga has been the subject of three animated TV series spanning the past four decades and is a licensed property for merchandising.

David Bowers is directing the new feature from a screenplay by Timothy Harris. Set in futuristic Metro City, "Astro Boy" tells the story of a young robot created by a scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father's expectations, the robot embarks on a journey before he returns to save the city and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.

A 2009 release is planned.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>A 10 cm (4 inch) model of Japan's rocket-powered boy wonder Astro Boy, encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds worth about 100 million yen ($828,720) is displayed at a Tokyo department store April 7, 2003. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>