In August 2021 it was announced that director Shinsuke Sato had been tapped to direct Legendary Films’ Hollywood live-action adaptation of My Hero Academia. More than a year later, we just got more information on the upcoming movie, namely that it will be written by Joby Harold and produced and distributed by Netflix.
Looking at Harold’s writing credentials, he’s the head writer (and executive producer) of Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, has worked on Edge of Tomorrow and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, co-wrote Army of the Dead and the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and came up with the story for The Flash. He has also worked on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Robin Hood, and the not-yet-released Netflix movie Atlas, which has Jennifer Lopez in it.
Harold has previously worked with Legendary for Apple’s live-action Godzilla series.
Director Shinsuke Sato, meanwhile, has made a name for himself directing the live-action Japanese movies Death Note, Bleach, I Am a Hero, Gantz, and Kingdom. This will be his first time working in Hollywood as a film director.
The announcement did not give a timeline of when we might expect to see the My Hero Academia movie being released.
VIZ Media publishes the original manga by Kohei Horikoshi in English, and gave this description for it:
“Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny…”
What do you think of these latest announcements about the My Hero Academia live-action adaptation?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.