A One-Punch Man movie is on the way from Sony!
Some say dreams don’t come true. Those people are clearly very lame because One-Punch Man has an origin story that dreams are made of. The original webcomic is the brainchild of “artist” named One. I put artist in quotes because the dude can’t draw to save his life. He only drew well enough to get the point of the story across…poorly. But that didn’t stop him from getting his story out there. And it just so happened to go viral and catch the attention of Eyeshield 21 artist Yusuke Murata, who went on to redraw the series.
What followed was the titanic rise of a manga series with a novel premise. The series follows Saitama, a man who acts as a superhero in his free time — and he has a big problem. He cannot find a challenge. Try as he might, every single villain he faces only takes one punch to take down. Seriously, that’s the premise of the show, and it somehow works. Against all odds, One manages to make the story fun, engaging, and even heartfelt.
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The series received an anime adaptation that started in 2015. The first season featured world-class animation and was a big hit. In the years since then, fans turned on the series, criticizing it for the decline in animation that followed its studio change. But that’s neither here nor there. Now, this manga has reached a new level of success: one that comes with a Hollywood adaptation.
Variety is reporting that Sony is developing a live-action film based on One-Punch Man. The scribes set to pen this thing are Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, both of whom worked on the Jumanji sequels and Venom. Also of note is that both scribes are writers and executive producers of the Cowboy Bebop live-action series. So, they have some experience, even if we haven’t seen the fruits of their labor just yet. Avi Arad is producing the film.
Given that Sony is perpetually in search of their next big property, it makes sense they’d jump at this. Insiders say the studio is high on the project thanks to its popularity.
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One himself reacted to the news, taking to Twitter.
“One Punch Man‘s live-action movie has been decided. Thanks to everyone! Thank you very much. I cannot thank you enough. I’m really looking forward to what the Saitama story made in Hollywood will look like!”
— ＯＮＥ (@ONE_rakugaki) April 22, 2020
I am very interested in how they’ll handle the tone of this series. Will they be able to balance the dry humor with its over-the-top action and occasional heart? Time will tell. As it stands, there aren’t many manga series that have successfully jumped from Japan to the U.S. However, given how much people love superheroes, this one could actually hit it big if it plays its cards right.
If nothing else, it’s been cool to see how high this simple concept can fly. The entertainment industry truly is where dreams are made.
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SOURCE: Variety, One