If you didn’t see it coming, you really should have — a live-action movie based around My Hero Academia has just been announced. Who’s producing and who’s starring?
Chinese film company Legendary is the one who nabbed the license, and it will be jointly produced between them and Japanese publisher Shueisha. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter will oversee the project on Legendary’s end, while Ryosuke Yoritomi will oversee from Shueisha. No casting decisions have been announced as of yet.
You’d have to live in a cave to not know the basic story by now, but My Hero Academia is all about Izuku, a green-haired boy who lives in a world where four-fifths of the human population has special powers, called “quirks.” These powers are all random and some are more useful than others, but anything’s better than not having one. Powerless Izuku is desperate to be a hero just like his mentor, the famous All-Might. But a chance meeting between them sets Izuku on the path to realizing his dreams…
Since its manga started in 2014, My Hero Academia has become the most popular shonen property since Naruto, and in this day and age, that means somebody quickly inks a deal for a live-action feature film. And so it has happened.
What also usually happens is that most of these anime-to-flesh productions never see completion, and the ones that do tend to be less than memorable. Cab MHA break the bad luck streak Hollywood has with this kind of thing?