Could 'Astro Boy' Movie Be Delayed Indefinitely?

'Astro Boy'These days, in order to make a good comic book flick, it seems like part of the recipe for success needs to be a some behind-the-scenes drama. After all, most of this year's highly-anticipated comic book movies -- from "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" to "Watchmen" -- have all had their share of shenanigans leading up to their respective releases.

And now it looks as though "Astro Boy," the CGI feature film based on Osamu Tezuka's most famous creation, is joining that infamous list of problematic productions. According to a post on, the animation studio behind "Astro Boy," Imagi International, is quickly running out of money and may be shutting down operations indefinitely, with their unnamed source adding that employees were recently told not to show up to the office at the start of the work week.

Since there's been no official word from Imagi, FirstShowing makes a point to mention that these reports should stay in the rumor column for the time being. However, given the weak box office of their most recent film -- 2007's "TMNT" -- these rumors do make sense. Expect an official word from Imagi to be released soon.

Are you upset to hear "Astro Boy" may be delayed indefinitely? Would you like to see a different animation studio to take over to project? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.