One Punch Man is getting a live-action film adaptation via Sony Pictures that will bring our beloved bald hero Saitama and his mechanical sidekick Genos to life on the big screen, according to a report from Deadline†
The production team sounds solid, with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin on deck, along with screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who previously collaborated on venom and Jumanji: the next level† Arad Productions, a studio with credits in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the live action Ghost in the shell will act as producers. The One Punch Man adaptation could go into production by the end of this year, Deadline reports.
There are still no details on who will actually star in the film and – most crucially – who will play Saitama, the self-made hero who delivers deadpan lines and knocks out enemies with (yes) one punch. At least we can probably excludes Vin Diesel (our token action movie bald man) as Lin and Diesel reportedly got into an argument that led to Lin’s departure from Furious X† It’s also too early to know what parts of the storyline the film will cover. Perhaps it will try to squeeze all season one, ending with Saitama’s battle with Lord Boros.
One Punch Man, which started as a manga in 2009, was made into an anime by Madhouse Studios in 2015, and follows Saitama’s evolution into one of the world’s (and universe’s) strongest heroes. JC Staff took over production for season two, but fans noticed an unfortunate dip in animation quality.
While I’m looking forward to seeing how the live-action adaptation plays out, I still feel a little hesitant. There are far too many – mostly American-made – live-action anime adaptations that don’t capture the original essence of the show, like Netflix’s. Obituary† for example.