Friday, January 25, 2008

Astro Boy Gets New Director

David Bowers (Flushed Away) has been hired to direct the computer-animated film Astro Boy, based on the Japanese character of the same name, Variety reported. He replaces Colin Brady, who was previously announced as the director of the $50 million project.

The film, centered around a lonely robot, was adapted from the original Japanese manga and 1960s TV series created by Osamu Tezuka.

Bowers started as an animator on Who Framed Roger Rabbit at British studio Cosgrove Hall before joining Steven Spielberg's Amblimation in London. His credits include The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Chicken Run, Shark Tale and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Astro Boy is set for release in 2009.

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