D3Publisher Gets Astro Boy

D3Publisher (D3P) and animation house Imagi Studios have entered into a worldwide publishing agreement that will yield video games based on Imagi’s upcoming animated Astro Boy movie. The games are scheduled to be released for consoles and handheld systems during the fourth quarter of 2009, just in time for the movie’s worldwide release in October.

Set in the future, Imagi Studio’s Astro Boy is a classic superhero origin story about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny, taking him into a netherworld of robot gladiators before he returns to save Metro City.

David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay by Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop), with Maryann Garger producing. The pic will put a new twist on the sci-fi/adventure property created by legendary ‘god of manga’ Osamu Tezuka in the 1950s.

Set in the future, the Astro Boy movie is described by Imagi as a classic superhero origin story about a young robot with incredible powers who sets out on an adventurous journey in search of his identity and destiny, a quest that will take him into a netherworld of robot gladiators before he returns to save Metro City. The flick is slated for domestic release on Oct. 23, 2009 through Summit Ent. Summit holds worldwide distribution rights, except for Imagi’s reserved territories of Japan, Hong Kong and China.

Based in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, Imagi produced TMNT, the 2006 CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, which did well at the domestic box office considering its modest budget. The company is also busy at work on Gatchaman, a feature-length adaptation of the classic anime TV series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, which debuted in the 1970s and is better known in the U.S. as Battle of the Planets or G-Force. Imagi’s CG update is being directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT), and is expected to hit theaters in 2010.