The director and creator of “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” Thomas Astruc, is rebooting the classic Japanese anime and manga series “Astroboy.”
“Astroboy,” one of the best-selling manga series of all time, ran between 1952 and 1968 along with an animated TV series that was released in 1963. Created and written by Tezuka Osamu, the manga series sold over 100 million copies worldwide, becoming a popular children’s icon and the best-known superhero of Tezuka’s works.
The series follows a young android boy with human emotions who learns to grow up as a normal human boy with his robotic family as they accompany him on a series of adventures.
Astruc will be directing the upcoming CGI-3D “Astroboy” reboot, which will include 52 half-hour episodes and address modern-day issues such as social media, the destruction of the environment by humans and the impact of the internet. French studio Method Animation and Monaco-based Shibuya Productions will be partnering to produce the new “Astroboy” series.
“‘Astroboy’ is a cult series that has overseen the future like no other property. In the strange world we live in today, everybody needs Astroboy to come back!” Astruc told Variety.
The founder and president of Method Animation Aton Soumache believes that Astruc will create a “fresh and unique take on Tezuka’s work.”
“I am super proud to join forces with Tezuka Productions, which represents this exceptional artist, and my partners of Shibuya Productions, to offer Astro Boy to an all new generation of kids. Thomas Astruc, one of the incredible talent beyond Miraculous will bring a fresh and unique take on Tezuka’s work,” Soumache said. “Astro Boy is so universal and contemporary that we are not only developing a reboot but a consistent continuum in the full respect of the original universe.”