Netflix has landed the highly-anticipated live-action film adaptation of “My Hero Academia” from producer Legendary Entertainment.
The live-action was announced in August 2021 with the renowned Japanese filmmaker Shinsuke Sato (“Alice in Borderland”) would direct and executive produce the project, which marks his English-language debut.
Sato will direct from a screenplay by Joby Harold, which is adapted from the globally acclaimed manga property.
“My Hero Academia”, written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, is one of the most popular manga titles in the world with over 65 million copies in circulation (including digital editions).
The project is produced by Legendary Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Alex Garcia.
“My Hero Academia” follows superhero fanboy Izuku Midoriya aka Deku, who was born without a “quirk” — the type of “exceptional ability” 80% of Earth’s population has manifested — that crushes his dream of going to U.A. High School, the most prestigious hero training academy and becoming the next “All Might” or the greatest hero the world has ever known.
Midoriya encounters All Might and vows to work as hard as he can to become a symbol of peace and a beacon of hope for the world.
The award-winning series has been part of publisher Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump since 2014 and both the manga and the ongoing anime series from Bones Inc. & TOHO Animation are considered among the best of the 2010s.
While Netflix is the movie's new home, Toho Co. Ltd. will distribute the project theatrically in Japan.