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Comics2Film Wrap for March 21st, 2003

by  in Movie News, TV News Comment

ASTRO BOY


In
a few weeks anime fans will put on their party hats, fire up their rocket boots
and sing “Happy Birthday, Tetsuwan Atom,” in celebration of one of the
genre’s most enduring characters’ birthday. April 6, 2003 is the birthday of
Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy. We’re not talking about an anniversary date, but the
actual date from the storyline in which Astroboy’s creator Dr. Boynton brought
the robotic youngster to life.

Variety
reports that fans in Japan will be celebrating the event. A new anime remake of
the character, set to hit Fuji TV on the 6th.

The article also indicates that the long-awaited “Astro Boy” movie
is still targeted for 2004. Eric Leighton (“Dinosaur”) is directing
the movie from a script by Todd Alcott (“Antz”) and Ken Kaufman
(“Space Cowboys”).

The movie, a CGI animated affair, has long been in development with Sony.
Lisa Henson and Kristine Belson of Jim Henson Pictures and Don Murphy of
Angryfilms are producing.

BLOODQUEST

Efforts to produce the CG animated “BloodQuest” movie, based on Games
Workshop
‘s gaming and comics concepts, have
apparently stalled. 

Exile Films, the producers of the feature, posted an announcement on their
web site
early last week simply stating, “BloodQuest should be considered to be on indefinite hold. More info will follow
as soon as possible.”

Although Exile had developed a number of the computer models for the film’s
hard ware, the biggest difficulty has been finding financial backing for a
dramatic adventure movie for older audiences. Such fare is still a tough sell in
the American film market with even heavily promoted films like “Final
Fantasy” doing poorly at the box office. 

“BloodQuest” was to be based on the Warhammer 40,000 games and
comic books. The movie centered on an epic adventure set in a far-flung future,
which blends sci-fi and fantasy elements. Near immortal, berserker Space Marines
must battle ancient, evil forces over the fate of a world.

An Exile-produced “trailer” has been making the rounds on the web.
However, Comics2Film can verify that we’d seen that trailer over a year ago and
can tell you that the clip is largely unfinished test animation and is not
representative of the planned movie.