Because Hollywood seems to be void of creativity these days, they are looking to piggy back off the success of yet another anime and manga series to cash in on the fandom. Sony Developing a One Punch Man Live-Action Film with the writers of Venom. Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Arad Productions are producing the film.
This was originally reported in the Entertainment news website Variety on Tuesday that Sony is developing a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of ONE and Yūsuke Murata’s One-Punch Man manga. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (Venom, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle films) are writing the script. Arad Productions’ Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing the film. Variety stated that “Sony is very high on the property given its popularity” and there is a “possibility of adding another franchise to the pipeline.”
Rosenberg and Pinkner have become favorites at Sony after penning the hugely successful “Venom,” which led to an upcoming sequel. They also wrote both “Jumanji” pics for the studio. The most recent installment, “Jumanji: the Next Level,” bowed this past December and grossed $796 million at the worldwide box office.
One-Punch Man was initially adapted into a TV anime series in 2015 from Shingo Natsume at Madhouse, captivating fans with its 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.
Sources: Variety, Crunchyroll