Sony Pictures is reportedly developing a live-action adaptation of hit manga series, One Punch Man.
One Punch Man is a webcomic by ONE. Created in 2009, it quickly went viral and was published on Shueisha’s Young Jump Next, with illustrations by Yusuke Murata along with ONE. The series went on to see worldwide sales of over 30 million copies.
When its anime debuted in 2015, it was met with critical acclaim for animation, story, and humour. A second season was also released, with a third possibly underway.
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker, who wrote Venom, are set to write the script for the manga’s live-action adaptation. Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Arad Productions will be producing the movie.
While Venom did gross over $800 million during its box office run, the movie’s story and character development just didn’t do the movie justice, but that’s just what I think.
However, these are also the same writers who wrote both Jumanji movies released in 2015 and 2019. The way I see it, the movie can either turn out great like Jumanji, or as bland as Venom.
Another factor to consider is that live-action adaptations for anime rarely ever do well. I know that’s too early to say, especially when the writers haven’t written anything yet.
This isn’t because of American filmmakers, mind you. Even some live-action adaptations of anime produced by Japanese filmmakers didn’t really do well.
So maybe it’s just me, but I’m really not enthusiastic over a live-action adaptation for One Punch Man. Based on previous track records with other anime, I think it’s just hard to replicate the same amount of success a manga and/ or anime receives with a live-action adaptation.