Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in the Shell, Alita, … Live-action adaptations of manga are becoming more and more common and Sony Pictures has decided to be part of the trend by focusing on a manga and anime that has been a hit for many years now: One Punch Man.
A successful manga
Released in 2009 by the artist ONE as a webcomic, which is still in progress, One Punch Man was transformed into a manga in 2012 and an animated version in 2015. Since its launch, the manga One Punch Man has sold more than 30 million copies around the world, so it’s easy to understand why Sony Pictures studio is particularly interested in it.
For those who are not familiar with One Punch Man, it follows the adventures of Saitama, a young man who, after undergoing an intense training to become a superhero, can defeat any enemy with a single punch. However, this overwhelming strength is a source of many problems since he can’t find a worthy opponent and is bored with his superhero job.
The screenwriters of Venom behind the wheel
For this ambitious project, Sony Pictures apparently decided to call on two regulars of the studio. According to Variety, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the duo behind the screenplays for Venom, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The Next Level, were offered to write the live-action adaptation of One Punch Man.
The challenge will be a big one for the two men if they want to capture the action and humor found at the very heart of One Punch Man. Will they be able to do it? We certainly hope so!