On October 21, Illumination Entertainment (U.S.) announced that it would produce a live-action movie of PLUTO, a manga work authored by Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki, adopted from one episode of Astro Boy titled“The Greatest Robot on Earth”.
The movie will be produced by Chiris Meledandri, a proficient producer in Hollywood. His latest movie “DESPUCABLE ME” was just released on the day. His other works includes Ice Age, Ice Age2, Robots, Horton Hears a Who, and The Simpsons Movie. Illumination Entertainment, founded by Mr. Meledandri, has an overall deal with Universal Studios.
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Mr. Naoki Urasawa commented:
I have been a big fan of The Greatest Robot on Earth since I was a child. But I never thought I would remake the episode into PLUTO. It was a tremendous challenge for me. Now another challenge, turning PLUTO into a live action movie, has appeared. As a big fan of Tezuka, I would like to watch it with a lot of expectation.
Mr. Chris Meledandri commented:
“With Pluto, Naoki 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 am privileged to be working with Tezuka, a company with an illustrious history and with Urasawa, one of our most gifted contemporary writers.”
Mr. Takashi Nagasaki commented:
“In the 20th century, all the boys in Japan hungrily read “Astro boy, The Greatest Robot on Earth” by Osamu Tezuka. And I and Naoki Urasawa brought the legendary work back to the 21st century as PLUTO. It was a big challenge for us since it was considered as a taboo to challenge it in Japanese manga world. It is great pleasure not only for us but also for all movie and manga fans that PLUTO is turned into a movie in Hollywood, though I think Mr. Meledandri has undertaken more adventures than we did. I sincerely hope a great movie will be produced, which all the fans across the world will get satisfied with, excited at and touched by”
Mr. Macoto Tezuka commented:
“The collaboration between Osamu Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa was big news in the manga world. It was as if Takeshi Kitano encountered Akira Kurosawa or Lucas remade Stagecoach into Star Wars. If the talents of global film artists are added to the work, surely the excitement will be multiplied. I hope the movie will become an epoch-making masterpiece produced under a good partnership between Japan and Hollywood.”