The film industry is once again trying to adapt some classic Japanese works for today's audiences. On deck are a group of Warner Bros. based producers for Robotech and Australia's Animal Logic Entertainment for Astro Boy.
According to Deadline, Robotech's in the hands of producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton and writer Michael Gordon (300 and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra). This despite the all the various reasons that making this film has been stuck in development hell for a long time, for a lot of reasons. All of that seems to be sorted, at least a little, since Andy Muschietti (Mama) is reportedly the director they want for it.
As for Astro Boy, Animal Logic Entertainment is partnering with Japan's Tezuka Productions to make a live-action film. The Hollywood Reporter indicates that this project is so nascent that the search for a writer has just begun. Animal Logic mostly does visual effect work, although it was also one of the production companies behind The LEGO Movie.
Most interesting is that producer Zareh Nalbandian says that they see Astro Boy as being in the "same league as Iron Man." That, and that the production company says it wants to take advantage of all the supporting characters and villains the story has developed, could indicate that they're hoping to turn it into a giant franchise. Hopefully this'll do better than the 2009 animated attempt.
[via Film School Rejects]