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The project doesn’t have a screenwriter or director attached, but it will be a collective effort. Legendary’s Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter and Ryosuke Yoritomi from Shueisha (the publisher of the My Hero Academia manga) are on hand as producers, while Toho will act as the film’s Japanese distributor.
My Hero Academia follows Izuku, a teenager who lives in a world where 80 percent of people have some kind of superpower, which is called a quirk. Izuku doesn’t have any powers, but he dreams of becoming a hero, something that becomes possible when he meets his own personal hero. He soon finds himself with new powers of his own, which allows him to apply to attend a very prestigious hero academy. It’s very much a fish-out-of-water and a superhero story much in the vein of Marvel and DC Comics stories
First launched in 2014, the manga has since received an incredibly popular anime adaptation, which has since aired three seasons and its own movie. According to Deadline, My Hero Academia has such a huge following in Japan that it teamed up with Avengers: Infinity War for an advertising campaign earlier this year.
In recent years, Legendary has embraced anime-inspired and super-sized stories between films like Pacific Rim and the upcoming Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But live-action manga and anime adaptations have often been poorly received (with many of them whitewashed with their casting choices), so some fans may be cautious about a My Hero Academia live-action adaptation.
The film doesn’t have a release date.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.