The film is set to be produced at Sony Pictures and Arad Productions
The "hero for fun" will be punching his way through the S-Class in Hollywood!
Variety is reporting that popular anime and manga series One-Punch Man is set to get a Hollywood live-action film adaptation from Venom and Jumanji writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner at Sony Pictures. The manga series, which was created by ONE in 2009 as a webcomic, exploded in popularity and was remade into a full digital manga series with Yusuke Murata before being adapted into a TV anime series in 2015.
The Hollywood film is set to be produced by Arad Productions, known for all the Spider-Man films and Ghost in the Shell, for Sony Pictures, who are apparently very keen on One-Punch Man, seeing it having franchise potential. Writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, according to Variety, are "favorites at Sony" after writing the script for box-office success Venom.
One-Punch Man was initially adapted into a TV anime series in 2015 from Shingo Natsume at Madhouse, wowing anime fans will its brilliant animation, before moving to J.C. Staff for the series' second season under the direction of Chikara Sakurai in 2019. Crunchyroll is streaming both seasons of One-Punch Man and describe the second season as such:
Saitama started out being a hero just for fun. After three years of “special” training, he became so powerful that he can defeat opponents with a single punch. Now, alongside Genos, his faithful cyborg disciple, Saitama is ready to begin his official duties as a professional hero working with the Hero Association. However, the frequency of monster appearances is surging and it increasingly appears as if the Great Seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction about the Earth’s doom is coming true. In the midst of this crisis, the “hero hunter” Garou makes his own appearance.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.