The news broke that Legendary Pictures was planning a live-action adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia all the way back in 2018, and we finally have an update on the project.
THR (via AnimeMojo.com) reports that the property is now being developed as a Netflix feature, with Joby Harold (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Army of the Dead) penning the screenplay. The movie will mark director and exec producer Shinsuke Sato’s English-language debut.
My Hero Academia debuted as a manga back in 2014 and quickly became one of the most popular of its kind. It soon gained attention in the North American market, and was developed as an anime series, which is now in its sixth season.
The story takes place in a world where 80 percent of people have a developed power called a “quirk.” For superhero fanboy Izuku Midoriya (aka Deku), being born without a quirk makes him almost give up his dream of going to U.A. High School, the most prestigious hero training academy. But after a chance encounter with the legendary All Might, Deku starts on the road to become the greatest hero.
There's no casting news just yet, but the trade notes that the project "may attract a host of Japanese American actors."