Astro Boy is the story of a boy robot looking for love and acceptance after being abandoned by his creator. After a Pinocchio-like journey of servitude in a circus, Astro was whisked off to safety by the understanding Professor Ochanomizu. Of course, Astro also spent his time battling mad scientists and out of control robots in between bouts of abandonment issues.
There have been plenty of switch-ups since the project was first announced back in 2006, and by the time the film got rolling there had already been two different writers and directors attached. But after the first round of 'musical chairs', Imagi finally settled on Timothy Harris' script and Flushed Away's David Bowers at the helm. Now that the rest of the cast is filling out, it looks like they might make their original deadline after all.
Astro Boy is scheduled to arrive in theaters in 2009.