It was all the way back in 2014 that Japan’s Tezuka Productions, Caribara Animation of France and Monaco-based Shibuya Productions announced their collaboration plans for a reboot of anime’s first ever hero, Astro Boy. Intending to make a run of 26 half-hour episodes in a mix of 2D and 3D CG, the project hadn’t moved much further forward until Tezuka Pro, who control the character’s intellectual property, gave the producers of the new series the rights to create a whole new story. But now there’s a sign of progress, with a new visual showing off the characters designed for the series.
The project poster was unveiled at the Monaco Anime Game International Conferences (MAGIC) event held last month, and matches Shibuya Productions founder Cedric Biscay’s original explanation that the new Astro Boy will have a contemporary look to complement its present day setting. He also announced then that it would incorporate new characters, and combine “positive things from the past version and new elements” to appeal to a new generation of kids.
The above teaser was first streamed for the project last year, and was the last indication of movement in the project before this poster visual surfaced. It credits Florian Thouret as the director and graphic designer, Yuichiro Maeda for the music, and Chiyako Maeda for the voice, but a finalised list for any cast or further staff has yet to appear. Meanwhile, in other news on the Astro Boy franchise, the Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema is in talks to acquire the planned live-action movie from Logic Entertainment and Tezuka Productions.