Today, Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is developing a live-action adaption of the popular manga and anime series One Punch Man. Venom & Jumanji writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been tapped to write the screenplay. With longtime Spider-Man producer, Avi Arad set to produce through his production company Arad Productions.
Created in 2009 by Japanese artist ONE as a web comic, “One Punch Man” quickly went viral. In 2012, it was then published on Shueisha’s Young Jump Next with illustrations by Yusuke Murata along with ONE. The series saw worldwide sales of over 30 million copies. When the English edition published by VIZ Media debuted in the U.S. in 2015, the first and second volumes made the New York Times manga bestsellers list and was nominated for an Eisner and a Harvey Award. Since then, the popularity of “One Punch Man” has led to a critically acclaimed anime TV series, as well as a video and mobile game.
Avi Arad also was in the process of developing a Naruto live-action film based on the popular manga with The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey.
One Punch Man has no set release date