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Friday, February 29, 2008

Little Bits of Movie News

Wow, lots of cool stuff was announced while I was out goofing around.

First up, Freddie Highmore is going to be doing the voice of AstroBoy. Highmore is the little British boy who was Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and is currently on the big screen in The Spiderwick Chronicles.

AstroBoy is being turned into a computer-animated film by the folks at Imagi Studios. Imagi's first film was last year's CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. AstroBoy is begin directed by David Bowers, a long-time DreamWorks and Aardman storyboard artist who made his directorial debut with Flushed Away. It's due out in '09

Family Guy is getting a spin-off.

Peter Griffin's mellow, laid back, African American friend Cleveland Brown is getting his own show. Cleveland is being developed by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane, Family Guy writer/producer and voice of Cleveland Mike Henry, and former Simpsons writer and current American Dad! showrunner Rich Appel.

No word yet on when Cleveland will be hitting the airwaves.

And it looks like the straight-to-video DC Comics animated film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is danger.

At a recent comic book convention, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract writer and veteran comic book writer Marv Wolfman revealed that Warner Brothers is considering pulling the plug on the project, because they think that Teen Titans doesn't have a big enough fan base to warrant a straight-to-DVD film.

For those who don't know, in the 1980s, Teen Titans grew to be DC's answer to X-Men, a group of young superheroes dealing with all kinds of teen angst. Their leader was Nightwing, who was Robin all grown up and on his own.

The Judas Contract is considered one of their best storylines. The Titans are betrayed by one of their own to the mercenary Deathstroke, who begins to destroy the Titans one by one. It was greatly watered down and served as the inspiration for the season 2 story arc of the recent Teen Titans animated series.

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