Netflix is making a live-action film adaptation of the popular anime My Hero Academia. The show will be produced by Legendary Entertainment and directed and executive produced by Shinsuke Sato (Alice in Borderland, Kingdom).
The anime My Hero Academia is set in a world where 80% of Earth’s population manifests some exceptional abilities called “quirks”. It centers around high school student/superhero fanboy Izuku Midoriya (aka Deku), born “quirkless” but granted powers by the hero he idolizes, All Might. He is accepted to U.A. High School, the most prestigious hero training academy. Here, Deku starts on the road to becoming the greatest hero.
At this point, there are no details yet as to who will play the main characters, or when it will be released. However, the show’s screenplay is written by Joby Harold (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Army of the Dead), and produced by Legendary Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Alex Garcia.
So far, the streaming giant doesn’t have much success in its live-action anime. Its latest outing, Cowboy Bebop, was canceled after just one season. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying. Apart from My Hero Academia, Netflix also has other live-action anime in the works, such as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Yu Yu Hakushu, and One Piece.
Toho will distribute the film in theaters in Japan, while it will be shown on Netflix everywhere else.