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Pluto movie in the works

Updated Astro Boy story headed to the big screen

Pluto, the manga based on Astro Boy's "The Greatest Robot on Earth" story arc,  will be made into a movie! Deadline announced that Tezuka Productions will be working alongside Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to "turn the Japanese Manga Pluto into a live action/CG hybrid film." The book that sold 8 million copies in Japan will take the updated Astro Boy story into the big screen creating it a live action/CG combination that should blow your mind.  
         
Meledandri, Illumination Entertainment creator, says this about the project: 

"With PlutoNaoki Urasawa has defined an imaginative world full of inventive action and adventure but it was his characters and heartfelt story that compelled me towards acquiring these rights," 


I personally have not read the manga, but like many of you I love the classic Astro Boy story and I would love to read the book.   For those who have read the manga (and those who want to), are you excited for the future cinematic interpretation of Naoki Ursawa and Osamu Tezuka's manga? 



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darfox8on Nov. 18, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.
I am excited but I'd prefer them to adapt the work to make it work best as a film. The Watchman and 20th Century Boys films are neat but they aren't great movies.
Make_Me_Madon Nov. 18, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
Oh man, Pluto was awesome.  And so goddamn sad, all the time.  If they do it right, it could be brilliant, but I think turning it into a movie might not be the right way to go.  They'll either have to cut down on the story buildup or on the character development scenes to make it fit into an average film length, and either one of those would be a tragedy.

If they don't include every single scene involving Gesicht and his wife, this film will be RUINED.
Nerxon Nov. 18, 2010 at 6:18 p.m.
Hell Yes, I wanna see Gesicht pound on some human supremacists
Kuma_From_Argentinaon Nov. 18, 2010 at 7:47 p.m.
I think I'm dying of a severe overload of joy
sotyfan16on Nov. 18, 2010 at 8:39 p.m.

I don't know much about Pluto but it's something I'd like to look into sometime. Sounds it's like quite the pageturner.

EganTheVile1on Nov. 18, 2010 at 9:54 p.m.
I am going to say right off the bat that I hate Astro Boy... Think the series was pretty corny, and American dubs trying to make it more comical by having every other villain pronounce his name Ass-tro Boy (has anyone else seen these rediculous Adult Swim dubs?) completely killed it for me. That said I gave the Pluto Manga a shot based on a friends shining review and was pleasantly surprised, so I'll give this a fair chance as well and thank god the character is not named Uranus!
sora_thekey moderator on Nov. 19, 2010 at 10:42 a.m.
@sotyfan16 said:
"I don't know much about Pluto but it's something I'd like to look into sometime. Sounds it's like quite the pageturner."
Everybody keeps telling me that... Now I need to read it! 
sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 19, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.
@EganTheVile1 said:
" I am going to say right off the bat that I hate Astro Boy... Think the series was pretty corny, and American dubs trying to make it more comical by having every other villain pronounce his name Ass-tro Boy (has anyone else seen these rediculous Adult Swim dubs?) completely killed it for me. That said I gave the Pluto Manga a shot based on a friends shining review and was pleasantly surprised, so I'll give this a fair chance as well and thank god the character is not named Uranus! "
How do you pronounce Astro without it sounding like Ass-tro?
EganTheVile1on Nov. 19, 2010 at 5:52 p.m.
@sickVisionz:  
Without pausing between the AS and TRO
sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 19, 2010 at 5:58 p.m.
@EganTheVile1: I've never heard anyone in real life or TV pronounce it how you're saying.  You're not from the US though, right?  It might be an accent or language thing, but I've literally never ever heard anyone pronounce it how you're saying it.
EganTheVile1on Nov. 19, 2010 at 6:02 p.m.
@sickVisionz said:
" @EganTheVile1: I've never heard anyone in real life or TV pronounce it how you're saying.  You're not from the US though, right?  It might be an accent or language thing, but I've literally never ever heard anyone pronounce it how you're saying it. "
I live in Florida, and am referring to the Adult Swim dubs which used to air around 4 AM on the east coast
sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 20, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.
I'm still boggled how someone would say astro without saying ass-tro and using two syllables to do it.

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