June 17, 2008 / 6:40 AM / 9 years ago

Summit to distribute big-screen "Astro Boy"

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.

<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>

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

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