Shinsuke Sato has been announced as the new director for the live action movie of the hit series My Hero Academia, for Legendary Pictures. This will be Sato’s first movie that will be in English-language. His past directing works have included such titles as the 2011 two-part movies Gantz, the 2018 movie Bleach and the 2019 movie Kingdom.
My Hero Academia, which was created by Kohei Horikoshi, is about a superhero fanboy Izuku Midoriya, who daydreams about being a hero in a world where 80% of Earth’s population manifests a super power (or “quirk”). Izuku is born without a quirk, crushing his dream to attend the UA superhero academy. But, after a chance encounter with All Might, the greatest hero the world has ever known, Midoriya vows to work as hard as he can, quirk or no quirk, to become a symbol of peace and a beacon of hope for the world.
The manga was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 2014, with the manga still publishing new chapters. The manga series is being distributed in the U.S. by Viz Media. The manga series is among the most popular manga titles in the world with over 50 million copies in circulation. In 2019, the series won the Harvey award for best manga. The anime made its’ debut in 2016, with the latest 5th season having premiered on March 27th in Japan. Funimation is currently airing the English dubbed version.
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, which started in Japanese theaters on August 6th as the third anime film in the series franchise, sold about 720,000 tickets to earn about 940 million yen (about US$8.51 million) from Friday to Monday.
Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter are overseeing the project on behalf of Legendary Entertainment, while Ryōsuke Yoritomi, the manga’s editor, will oversee the project for Shueisha. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
Here is the trailer for the first season of My Hero Academia:
So what do you think? Do the people involved in this movie instill a little more confidence in this live-action adaption?