'Astro Boy' taking off in fall 2009, Summit says

Studio hoping to reach children and adults with wide release

NEW YORK -- Summit Entertainment has claimed a fall 2009 date for "Astro Boy," its CG revival of the 1950's Japanese character.

The studio has set Oct. 23 as its release date for the pic, taking a page from fall animated releases like Exodus/MGM's "Igor," which opened to $8 million this past weekend.

Imagi Studios is producing the futuristic "Astro Boy," which centers on the adventures of a robot boy with superhero powers. The character was originally launched as a Japanese manga and enjoyed a revival of sorts with the emergence of that genre; the Cartoon Network has aired episodes of the original Japanese series. Nicolas Cage and Donald Sutherland voice the David Bowers-helmed pic.

Summit says it's shooting for a wide release in the range of 3,000 theaters as it aims for an audience of both adults and children.
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