Summit to distribute 'Astro Boy'

Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland among voice cast

LOS ANGELES - Summit Entertainment will distribute Hong Kong-based Imagi Studios' computer-animated feature "Astro Boy" worldwide with the exception of Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy are on board to lend their voices. Freddie Highmore voices the title character.

Osamu Tezuka's "Astro Boy" manga has been the subject of three animated TV series spanning the past four decades and is a licensed property for merchandising.

David Bowers is directing the new feature from a screenplay by Timothy Harris. Set in futuristic Metro City, "Astro Boy" tells the story of a young robot created by a scientist to replace the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving father's expectations, the robot embarks on a journey before he returns to save the city and reconcile with the man who had rejected him.

Maryann Garger is producing. A 2009 release is planned.

"Astro Boy" is Summit's second computer-animated feature from Imagi Studios; the first was last year's "TMNT."

Summit will release the 3-D computer-animated feature "Fly Me to the Moon" on Aug. 8.
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