Sony Pictures is reportedly working to produce a new live-action feature film based on popular Japanese manga series, One Punch Man. The studio has already contacted two brilliant screenwriters, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. They previously wrote for super hit movies like Marvel comics-based superhero film, Venom, and Jumanji: The Next Level.
One Punch Man was originally created by manga artist ONE and appeared as a superhero webcomic. Yusuke Murata later illustrated the manga adaptation of webcomic, and eventually, Madhouse Inc. developed an anime series based on the webcomic. One Punch Man follows a story of a bored superhero that can easily defeat his enemies just by a single punch. Saitama—the same bored superhero—after becoming frustrated with boredom sets out on a journey to face more significant and adventurous challenges.
While Sony is set to develop the film, the reports confirmed that Avi Arad and Ari Arad (Arad Productions) would produce the live-action film adaptation.
The anime adaptation had completed its run of one season on December 20, 2015. The anime adaptation then started receiving huge fan-following, and the studio received constant pressure to develop another season. The season two took nearly four years to premiere since last television debut because the director and whole production company were transformed for the second season. J.C.Staff Co., Ltd. animated the second season, and they replaced Shingo Natsume with Chikara Sakurai for the directorial role.
The first episode of season two entitled Return of the Hero debuted on April 9, 2019, and will run until July 2, 2019. The previous two anime adaptation into live-action feature films were disastrous both critically and commercially—Dragon Ball Z Evolution and Ghost in a Cell. This time, the expectation is high as everyone believes Sony will lead One Punch Man to the same path of the previous anime adaptation, as it has been doing great in movies based on Marvel comics.