First One Piece, now My Hero Academia. Yes, Netflix is looking to milk em’ all.
Producer and writer Joby Harold CONFIRMED in a recent interview with Collider on December 12, 2023, that production may have already begun on a live-action adaptation of the series based on Kohei Horikoshi‘s manga.
“It is something I’m working on and loving working on. I’m excited to do it and get it out there. It’s a big one.”
Although few details, such as the release date or major plot elements, were disclosed, it is certain that the project is proceeding. It is currently unclear whether the live-action adaptation of My Hero Academia will be a television series or a film, despite previous hints that it would be a film.
When queried about specifics regarding the project, such as “which version” of the media franchise it would be based on, he admitted that he couldn’t divulge much.
“I can speak to the fact that it is live-action and I think that’s probably all I can speak to, but it’s a big deal in my life. I’m really enjoying it… It’s amazing. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m really excited about it.”
IMDB credits original author Kohei Horikoshi as co-writer along with Harold, although there’s no direct confirmation or backup evidence for the claim.
The movie rating site further mentions the following people involved in making the film:
- Cinematographer: Don Burgess
- Co-producer: Jay Ashenfelter
- Lead editor: Spencer Averick
- Director: Shinsuke Sato
A rumored list of cast members came out in June 2023. Collider further reports that, Legendary Entertainment is also behind the project, apart from Netflix.
About My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia (Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア, Hepburn: Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters additionally collected into 39 tankōbon volumes as of November 2023.
It inspired many spin-off manga, including My Hero Academia: Smash!!, Vigilantes, and Team-Up Missions. Besides light novels, stage plays, and souvenirs, the franchise has produced many video games
Studio Bones produced the first season from April to June 2016, a second from April to September 2017, a third from April to September 2018, a fourth from October 2019 to April 2020, a fifth from March to September 2021, a sixth from October 2022 to March 2023, and a seventh that is currently in production.
It has three animated films, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, Heroes Rising, and World Heroes’ Mission, plus nine original video animations. The Fourth animated film and a live-action Legendary Entertainment film are currently being planned.
Crunchyroll describes Season 1 of My Hero Academia as follows:
Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not enough to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies.