A new report indicates that Kohei Horikoshi’s hit manga franchise My Hero Academia will be making the leap into live-action with a feature film from Legendary.
My Hero Academia launched as a manga in 2014 and was quickly adapted into an anime series which just wrapped up its third season. The show and manga primarily focuses on Izuku Midoriya and his relationship with the symbol of peace and justice, All Might.
The show is set in a world where 80% of all individuals living in it are gifted with a superpower or “quirk.” However, Midoriya is in the minority and does not have a quirk. That doesn’t stop him from dreaming of becoming the greatest superhero on the planet. In a chance encounter with All Might he inspires the hero to continue to fight even though his body might give out. After the encounter with villain, All Might takes young Midoriya under his wing and helps him get into the premiere school for those looking to become professional heroes.
During his time at school, Midoriya makes friends and a number of rivals as he is challenged, both mentally, physically, and emotionally. Not only does he have to worry about school, but there are also villains lurking in the world plotting his and All Might’s destruction. Needless to say, his path to becoming the greatest hero ever will be a difficult one as he faces new challenges almost every single day.
Not only has the franchise been adapted into an anime television show, but it also had an anime full-length feature film from Funimation, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, which debuted in September. The film made just shy of $6 million. The franchise also has a number of video game adaptation with the first, My Hero Academia: Battle for All, debuting on the Nintendo 3DS. My Hero One’s Justice came out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this past August.
The film project at Legendary will be overseen by Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter alongside Ryosuke Yoritomi of manga publisher Shueisha. The film is expected to be distributed by Toho in Japan.
Deadline reports the film will be part of a slate of live-action adaptations which begins with Detective Pikachu that stars Ryan Reynolds and Ken Watanabe. The My Hero Academia live-action film is expected to be part of a six film deal with Warner Bros.
Are you looking forward to a live-action My Hero Academia film?