The entertainment news website Variety revealed that Osamu Tezuka‘s Tetsuwan Atom aka Astro Boy is to get a new anime series. The anime series will be made using the latest 3DCG technology.
The studios to produce the anime are Monaco based Shibuya Productions and Mediawan’s Method Animation. The studios jointly acquired rights to Astro Boy from Tezuka Productions.
The series will be directed by Thomas Astruc famed for Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug and Cat Noir. It’ll have 52 episodes of half-hour each. The series will tackle recent public issues such as environmental issues, dystopia created by internet and social media etc.
Aton Soumache, founder of Method Animation says, “Astruc will bring a fresh and unique take on Tezuka’s work“.
He further added, “It took us several months to secure the rights and there were of course many Japanese and American companies which were circling this property. But ultimately (Tezuka’s right holders) entrusted us with it because we have a similar sensibility and culture of graphic novels in both our countries, and what we have achieved with ‘Miraculous’ in Japan and around the world also played a big role in convincing them“.
The series will have a team of animators from around the world.
Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy is the first anime to air outside Japan. The unique story and storytelling grasped the audience’s attention, globally. The series aired 104 episodes out of 124 in North America albeit with a few changes to the story and the sequence of the episodes. The series was re-edited and re-dubbed by Fredd Ladd in 1963 and renamed it to the now famous Astro Boy.
The manga was first published in Kobunsha’s Shounen Magazine from 1952 to 1968. It received a black and white anime adaptation in Japan in 1963. Later in 1980, it was followed by a colour anime series. In 2003, the series received a remake as well.