It seems that One-Punch Man will someday join the list of anime to get live-action adaptations. All we can do now is hope that this director doesn’t screw it up like most of the others.
Justin Lin Down for One Punch?
Deadline has just reported that Sony Pictures has just hired Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6) to direct their live-action film adaptation of One-Punch Man. Not only that, but he will also serve as a producer as well alongside Avi Avad and Ari Avad of Arad Productions. It seems that Lin will be working quite a bit on this film, and we’ll see a lot of his work on it.
Furthermore, apparently, Justin Lin intends to begin production on One-Punch Man by the end of 2022. That likely means that we won’t get to see the actual film for quite a while. I’d speculate that it will be until late 2023 or even early 2024 before we get to see how Lin does with a live-action Saitama. As I said though, this is just speculation. Take it with a grain of salt until we get official confirmation from Sony Pictures.
One-Punch Man: Details
Sony Pictures‘ One-Punch Man is the upcoming live-action adaptation of the anime, which is itself the anime adaptation of the manga of the same name by writer ONE (Mob Psycho 100) and artist Yusuke Murata. Madhouse (Trigun, Death Note, Cardcaptor Sakura) was the animation studio behind season 1, while J.C.Staff (Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, A certain Magical Index, Shakugan no Shana) did season 2. Shingo Natsume directed season 1, while Chikara Sakurai directed season 2. Tomohiro Suzuki wrote for the anime, while Makoto Miyazaki composed the music. Finally, Viz Media licensed both seasons of the anime for NA release.
As for what One-Punch Man is about? Well, Crunchyroll has an official synopsis for the anime. Check it out below:
“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.”