Ina few weeks anime fans will put on their party hats, fire up their rocket bootsand sing "Happy Birthday, Tetsuwan Atom," in celebration of one of thegenre's most enduring characters' birthday. April 6, 2003 is the birthday ofOsamu Tezuka's Astro Boy. We're not talking about an anniversary date, but theactual date from the storyline in which Astroboy's creator Dr. Boynton broughtthe robotic youngster to life.
Varietyreports that fans in Japan will be celebrating the event. A new anime remake ofthe character, set to hit Fuji TV on the 6th.
The article also indicates that the long-awaited "Astro Boy" movieis still targeted for 2004. Eric Leighton ("Dinosaur") is directingthe 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 ofAngryfilms are producing.
Efforts to produce the CG animated "BloodQuest" movie, based on GamesWorkshop's gaming and comics concepts, haveapparently stalled.
Exile Films, the producers of the feature, posted an announcement on theirweb site early last week simply stating, "BloodQuest should be considered to be on indefinite hold. More info will followas soon as possible."
Although Exile had developed a number of the computer models for the film'shard ware, the biggest difficulty has been finding financial backing for adramatic adventure movie for older audiences. Such fare is still a tough sell inthe American film market with even heavily promoted films like "FinalFantasy" doing poorly at the box office.
"BloodQuest" was to be based on the Warhammer 40,000 games andcomic 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 Marinesmust 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 andcan tell you that the clip is largely unfinished test animation and is notrepresentative of the planned movie.