Hoping to capitalize on the wave of popularity that’s currently carrying My Hero Academia onward and upward, Legendary has announced plans to produce a live-action feature film version of Shueisha’s uber-popular manga franchise created by Kohei Horikoshi. If you’re already clutching your anime pearls, I’m right there with you. Live-action adaptations of anime, at least those made here in North America, have not gone over super-well in recent years for a variety of reasons: white-washed casting choices, gross misunderstandings of the source material, and too-small budgets for too-big ideas are just a few of them. But with the superhero fad showing no signs of slowing down, maybe just maybe a live-action My Hero Academia could work, even in the West.
With more than 17 million copies in circulation and a trophy case that’s rapidly filling up, My Hero Academia continues to grow into a global powerhouse in print, television, and even on the big screen. The story exists in a world in which 80% of humanity has developed some sort of special powers, known as quirks, but not all of them are super, and not all are used for good. The story focuses on a young boy nicknamed Deku who obsessively follows the new heroes while having no abilities of his own.
The anime series, which just finished its third season, is one of the most popular in Japan and has become a hit abroad as well, as evidenced by the franchise’s first animated feature film, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, recently premiered in the U.S. The live-action version, however, will be produced by Legendary, with Alex Garcia (Godzilla franchise) and Jay Ashenfelter (Pacific Rim: Uprising) overseeing on behalf of Legendary, and Ryosuke Yoritomi in charge on behalf of Shueisha. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
For more of our coverage of all things My Hero Academia, be sure to get caught up here:
- This Week in Animation: ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ Extends Its Theatrical Run
- ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ Review: A Worthy One-Shot for Fans of Deku & Co.
- This Week in Animation: Watch a Sneak Peek of ‘My Hero Academia: The Movie’
- Christopher Sabat on Voicing Vegeta and Seeing Classic ‘Dragon Ball Z’ on the Big Screen
- How ‘My Hero Academia’ Is Changing the Superhero Landscape for the Better