Fast & Furious’s Justin Lin to Direct One Punch Man Live-Action Movie


Justin Lin, perhaps best known as the director of five of the Fast & Furious movies, is now set to direct a live-action adaptation of One Punch Man, Deadline reports.

The Sony Pictures film is written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who previously worked together on Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, while Avi Arad (Ghost in the Shell and Uncharted live-action films, Iron Man) and Ari Arad (Ghost in the Shell and Uncharted live-action films) are producing.

Deadline says that Lin, who stepped down from Fast X in April, is also producing and is additionally involved with rewrites for the One Punch Man movie. The plan is for production to begin by the end of 2022.

One Punch Man began as a self-published web manga by ONE in 2009. The Shueisha-published version by Yuusuke Murata began in 2012 and has been collected into 26 tankoubon volumes as of June 2022. The Shueisha series is serialized on Tonari no Young Jump and published under the Jump Comics label.

Viz Media describes the plot as:

Every time a promising villain appears, Saitama beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can he finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?

The manga has been adapted into two anime seasons, which were released in 2015 and 2019 respectively. The first season was directed by Shingo Natsume and produced by Madhouse, while the second season was directed by Chikara Sakurai and produced by J.C.Staff respectively. 

Source: Deadline

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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