Entertainment website Deadline reported on Dec 12, 2022, that streaming giant Netflix has come on board to produce and distribute the live-action adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga.
Netflix will be teaming up with Legendary Pictures Productions (Dune, Interstellar, Dark Knight Trilogy), who are already producing the movie.
Shinsuke Sato, who’s portfolio includes a number of live-action adaptation of manga, including Bleach, will be directing My Hero Academia‘s Hollywood live-action adaptation. Joby Harold, who has previously worked on Edge of Tomorrow, Obi wan Kenobi and John Wick Chapter 3, will be in charge of the screenplay.
Mary Parent and Alex Garcia are producing the film from Legendary’s side, while the manga’s editor, Ryosuke Yoritomi is overlooking the project for Shueisha.
My Hero Academia‘s Hollywood live-action adaptation was announced back in 2018.
My Hero Academia is a manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters collected into 36 tankōbon volumes as of October 2022.
The manga received a TV anime adaptation by Studio Bones. Its first season aired in Japan from April to June 2016, followed by a second season from April to September 2017, third season from April to September 2018, fourth season from October 2019 to April 2020, and a fifth season from March to September 2021.
It has also received three animated films, titled My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission respectively. There are plans for a live-action film by Legendary Entertainment.
MAL describes the plot of the manga as follows:
The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
As of January 2022, the manga had over 65 million copies in circulation worldwide.
The series has numerous spin-off manga, including My Hero Academia: Smash!!, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes and My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions.