A new director for Astro Boy

The TMNT team's new update of sci-fi toon classic Astro Boy looks set for a slight change of direction.

Adapted from "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuku's original in the early 1960s, this cult icon was going to be given a CG redux by ET and Hulk animation whiz Colin Brady.

But he's now been replaced by David Bowers, director of ace Aardman romper Flushed Away, and alumnus of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Variety can sketch in more details ...