Hollywood is moving forward with their attempt to achieve the Plus Ultra mentality, as Legendary Entertainment has announced that their previously announced adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s massively popular manga, My Hero Academia, has officially found its director.

Source: My Hero Academia Vol. 4 (2015), Shueisha. Cover art by Kohei Horikoshi.

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Though details regarding the film’s plot and casting have remained under wraps ever since the project was first announced in 2018, Legendary has confirmed that the film will be helmed by storied Japanese director, Shinsuke Sato.

Best known for having directed a myriad of live-action manga adaptations for Japanese audiences, including such series as I Am A Hero, Inuyashiki, Kingdom, Gantz, and Death Note, My Hero Academia will mark Sato’s official English-language debut.

Source: My Hero Academia Episode 42 “My Hero” (2018), Studio Bones

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As previously noted in Legendary’s announcement of the film’s production, My Hero Academia will be overseen will overseen by producers Alex Garcia (Krampus) and Jay Ashenfelter (Godzilla vs. Kong) alongside Shueisha (whose company publishes Shonen Jump, the manga wherein MHA appears) representative Ryosuke Yoritomi.

While the film will be distributed by Legendary in most markets, legendary (pun slightly intended) production company Toho will handle the film’s release within Japan.

Source: My Hero Academia Episode 49 “Win, All Might!” (2018), Studio Bones

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Though Legendary’s adaptation will mark the first live-action My Hero Academia film, it will be far from the first time that Deku and his friends in Class-1A have graced the silver screen.

As of just a little under two weeks ago, the franchise has currently seen three animated movies –  My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission – released to audiences worldwide, to both financial and critical success.

Screenshot, My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission Preview Trailer (2021), Bones Inc.

As of writing, a release date for Legendary’s My Hero Academia is to be determined.

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