Justin Lin has been announced as the director of a live action adaption of the One Punch Man series, but as a movie. He was previously producing Fast X, part of the Fast & the Furious movie series, but left the film project over “creative differences”. This would have been his sixth movie in the series to produce. Fast X is expected to come out in 2023.
The writers of Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, are set to be the writers of the One Punch Man movie. Avi Arad and Ari Arad from Arad Productions will be producing the film. They have worked on Iron Man, the X-Men film series, and Venom. Justin Lin will also be producing and helping with a rewrite with the goal to begin production by the end of this year.
Sony Pictures acquired the film rights from Shuiesha. Justin Lin has directed other films such as Star Trek Beyond, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast & Furious 6. It’s interesting to note that Ari Arad is also listed as producer on a live action adaption for Naruto. It’s said to be in the pre-production phase, with production and distribution by Lionsgate.
One Punch Man is about a man named Saitama who’s hobby is being a hero. To fulfill his childhood dream, Saitama vigorously trained for three years, losing his hair as a result. He his since become so powerful that he can defeat any enemy with just one punch. But because no one has been able to match his strength, Saitama has lost he joy and thrill of battling opponents, becoming bored.
Then one day, he catches the attention of a 19-year-old cyborg named Genos, as he witnessed Saitama’s power. Genos immediately wants Saitama to be his disciple. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes, recognized for their positive contribution to society. Shocked that no one knows who he is, he agrees to join the Association, which begins his journey of meeting new allies and enemies along the way, while experiencing the thrills of the battles he felt once before.
The manga began in June of 2012 and is still ongoing It’s been adapted into two 12 episode seasons and several anime specials.