Justin Lin’s hiatus didn’t last long after his unexpected departure from Fast X. Deadline reports that the popular action director is making an adaptation of One-Punch Man, the beloved anime and manga about a superhero named Saitama who decides to seek out a worthy opponent after getting bored.
Lin is working with Sony Pictures on the new film, which is “optimistic” for One-Punch Man to become a franchise, according to Deadline. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker, who count Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom among their credits, will write the new film.
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One Punch Man will join a host of live-action anime adaptations that also include One Piece, Mobile Suit Gundam, and other projects. A Cowboy Bebop adaptation also launched on Netflix in 2021 only to be canceled after just one season.
As for One Punch Man, it debuted as a manga in Shonen Jump, with popular anime studio Madhouse producing an adaptation that began in 2015. We called it one of the best anime for beginners.
Lin suddenly left Fast X earlier this year amid reported script disputes and a major blowout with star Vin Diesel. Lin has remained a producer, but his new role directing One-Punch Man suggests he has other priorities.
Fast X is slated for release on May 19, while One-Punch Man doesn’t yet have a release date.
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