Justin Lin Directs Live-Action One Punch Man Movie


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.

Kat Bailey is senior news writer at IGN and co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have any advice? DM him at @the_katbot.


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