Fresh off the Fast & Furious series, director Justin Lin has taken the helm for the upcoming One Punch Man movie. But what can fans expect?
The live-action anime adaptations didn’t really do well outside of Japan. attempts like Death threat and fun of course cowboy bebop just didn’t seem to find the vibe or audience they were hoping for. So what does this new attempt have that could help break free from this curse?
The next live-action from Sony Pictures A punch The film just landed its director, and it managed to attract some serious talent. Justin Lin, known for making a significant number of fast furious movies as well as others like Star Trek Beyond, took the lead in the adaptation, likely giving many uncertain fans a reason to start hoping. If nothing else, the movie now has more potential for some truly epic action scenes.
Lin made headlines a few months ago when he suddenly resigned as director of the next x fast, causing production to cease as racing began to find a suitable replacement. While that finally happened when Louis Leterrier took over shortly after, it was still a shock to longtime fans of the franchise. Starting with Fast and Furious: Tokyo DriftLin had 5 entries in the series under his belt, with x fast anything but guaranteed to be the 6th. But now it seems his attention will be directed elsewhere.
A punch began life in 2009 as a webcomic by Japanese artist ONE, quickly gaining a large cult following that led to a proper manga release in 2012 with new art by Yusuke Murata. The story follows Saitama, a super-powered man who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. Living his life as a superhero, he is bored when none of the evil forces he eliminates can match his strength. So he eventually embarks on a journey to find a worthy opponent. The series is still ongoing to this day.
Such an action-packed story seems right up Lin’s alley, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does with the material. He will join a talented team that includes Venom and Jumanji writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, hopefully giving audiences a clearer picture of what to expect. Lin will also produce the film alongside Avi Arad and Ari Arad, whose impressive resume includes the Spider Man and x-men movies.
Given the broad appeal of A punch and its willingness to parody typical anime tropes, it makes sense that such a project would eventually get a Western adaptation. It’s hard to predict how this will turn out, especially considering how other anime adaptations have been received in the past. But there’s a lot of real talent behind it, so it’s definitely a good start.
A punch is expected to begin production by the end of 2022.
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