One Punch Man, originally a manga series and more recently an anime and video game (oh, and a very clean pair of shoes), is about to make the jump to another media with the announcement that a live-action movie adaptation is in development.
A report from the deadline says that long-time Fast & Furious director Justin Lin will take on the director’s role. The writers will be Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner (Venom, Jumanji: The Next Level), and Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad will produce along with Lin. In the current state of affairs, it is planned to start production by the end of the year, so this won’t be hitting screens just yet.
Deadline also reports “the studio is bullish on the concept as a franchise starter”, which is noteworthy given Hollywood’s…rocky history with manga and anime adaptations (as Arad is also the director of 2017’s Ghost in the Shell).
The anime series One Punch Man spoofs superhero tropes while combining action, comedy, and satire. It seems simple, but it works. Saitama, the hero, is so strong that he can defeat any opponent with a single punch. Since no one is left to challenge him, he has become dissatisfied.