Astro Boy Movie Trailer

Astro Boy

Summit Entertainment have released the first full feature trailer for their big screen computer animated adaptation of Astro Boy (you might remember we previously posted the second teaser trailer here).

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Astro Boy Teaser Trailer #2

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Summit Entertainment has released a second teaser trailer for Imagi Animation Studio’s computer animated adaptation of Astro Boy. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Two New Astro Boy Images

The rumors of IMAGI Animations Studios death have been somewhat exaggerated. Summit Entertainment will be at the New York Comic Con this weekend to promote the upcoming computer animated adaptation of Astro Boy. AICN has two brand new images from the film. Click on over to see them in high resolution. Astro Boy is due to hits theaters on October 23rd 2009

Has Production on Astroboy Shut Down?

Steve Hulett is the Business Rep. and Kevin Koch the president of The Animation Guild (TAG), Local 839 IATSE.  They also keep a very interesting blog about the ups, downs, ins and outs of living and working as a professional animator.

Sadly, they’re now reporting that production on Imagi’s Astroboy movie appears to have shut down.  This comes just days after I last reported on the film, on how it appears to have just scraped through it’s troubles with the recession.  They have no official word on the matter, just information from those that have been working on the film.

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The capitalist world is in a new kind of mess, and filmmakers are getting stiffed in the stink just like everybody else.

The highest profile case was possibly David O. Russell’s Nailed, which was shut down on multiple occaisons over funding shortages; Spielberg’s Tintin also suffered from notorious trouble raising it’s budget too; and just this week, Spielberg had to dip into his own pocket to help fluff up the Dreamworks coffers.  Less obviously though, there will have been several close calls behind the scenes, and Forbes magazine have detailed just one: the production of Imagi’s Astro Boy.

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Astro Boy Teaser Trailer

Summit Entertainment has released the first teaser trailer for Astro Boy. It looks like it could be cool, but then again, so did IMAGI’s TMNT, and that film ended up being a focused more towards young audiences than everyone was expecting. Check out the trailer after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Astro Boy in October 2009

Summit Entertainment and Imagi Studios have announced a release date for the computer animated Astro Boy feature film. Mark your calendars for October 23rd 2009. The film will hit theaters the same day as Mira Nair’s Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia and the Phillip Noyce-directed adaptation of Dirt Music. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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Live Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot!?

A couple months ago, mention of a live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film was posted on the Playmate toys website, only to be quickly removed hours later. Fans wrote it off as a mistake, but as it turns out – it is true. Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Turtle franchise posted the following on the Heavy Metal forum:

“Yes, it is true. Although the CGI film did well enough to warrant a sequel, there has been much talk between Imagi and Warners to do a better “re-invention” (newest Hollywood buzzword) of the TMNT’s, in a live action film–like what was done with Batman. Back to basics, back to the origin and the intro of the Shredder, etc…there have been talks, trips to Northampton to talk to Mr Laird, and discussions with the original “first” TMNT film director Steve Barron to come back and do it right–but no official word yet…will keep you posted.”

I think a darker reinvention could be cool, especially if they went back to the original Eastman/Laird comics as inspiration (red masks and all). Although, I’m sure they would take a more kid friendly approach as they did with the computer animated film. But in this post-Dark Knight world, who knows what might be possible.

But what’s the point of having the same director come back and basically remake the earlier film? I always found the action and cinematograph of the original film lacking, and hope they find someone better than Steve Barron, who could “do it right” as Eastman says. Barron, who directed the original Turtles film (the best of the series) and Coneheads, is also responsible for some of the great music videos of the 1980′s: Take on Me and Billie Jean. Barron has recently been reduced to directing television movies you’ve never even heard of.

Also, I wonder if Vanilla Ice will be brought back to do an updated version of the Ninja Rap.

Discuss: Who should direct the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

via: ComingSoon

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