Last month the ultra-popular manga/anime series My Hero Academia took its next big step with its first feature-length animated movie, and just days ago Bandai Namco’s fighting game adaptation of the series launched in the West. It seems like nothing can slow this franchise down now, and its next big move has already been announced: My Hero Academia is getting a live-action movie.
If that thought terrifies you, you’re not alone. Anime-to-live-action-movie productions aren’t always of the highest quality (or any quality, if you’re Netflix’s Death Note), but every now and then one succeeds. This particular project will be handled by Legendary Entertainment, with Alex Garcia (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) and Jay Ashenfelter (Pacific Rim: Uprising) supervising alongside Ryosuke Yoritomi from Shueisha.
The recently-released My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was a massive success in theaters, grossing $19,373,954 in Japan, North America, and Australia. It also secured a spot as one of the top ten highest-grossing domestic anime films of all time in the US. It’s not surprising that Shueisha would want to follow it up with a potentially even more lucrative live-action film. Let’s hope the result is a quality product that dedicated fans of the show can be proud to watch.