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New Director Announced for Imagi's CG Astro Boy Film

posted on 2008-01-25 16:27 EST
Flushed Away helmer to replace Colin Brady in adaptation of Tezuka's manga

IMAGI, the Hong Kong film company that is producing the computer-graphics adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy manga, has announced that David Bowers is being appointed to direct the film. IMAGI had previously announced that former Pixar animator Colin Brady would direct the film. According to IMAGI, US$50-million film is still slated for a worldwide 2009 theatrical release by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Weinstein Company.

Bowers began his career in animation in 1988 as an in-between artist for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. He has worked for the British animation studios Cosgrove Hall and Aardman Animation, as well as for Steven Spielberg's Amblimation studio and for DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. Bowers supervised storyboards in 2000's Chicken Run, was the senior storyboard artist for Aardman's 2005 Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and directed Flushed Away for DreamWorks Animation the following year.


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