After years of rumors and speculation, the Astro Boy the reboot finally appears to be happening as Thomas Astruc, the creator of Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noiris set to reboot the beloved manga series.
As reported by VarietyMethod Animation, the Mediawan Kids & Family brand originally Miraculous and The little Prince, is teaming up with Shibuya to produce the new series. Astruc will direct the series, which will consist of 52 half-hour episodes.
Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy was first adapted for television in 1963, becoming a hit worldwide, including in the United States, where it was the first animated series to air. The futuristic series is set in a world where robots and humans co-exist and follows the adventures of Astro Boy, a powerful android created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Doctor Tenma.
According Varietythe new series promises to be more topical than ever, focusing on today’s burning issues, including the impact of the internet, social media, and human damage to the environment.
“The original Tezuka comics were well advanced in delivering a powerful message to readers around the world,” Mediawan and Shibuya said (via Variety). “These fantastic stories of the little boy who flies are about strong values that still resonate today for a global audience.”
Astruc added that he had “no words to describe how much Tezuka has influenced (his) life and (his) work”. He continued, “Astro Boy is a cult series that has overseen the future like no other property. In the weird world we live in today, everyone needs Astroboy back!
Astro Boy has already been adapted into three anime series, several live-action films and a computer-animated film. The franchise’s popularity has led to video games, soundtracks, action figures, food items, clothing, and trading cards. By 2004, the franchise had generated $3 billion in merchandise sales.