Izuku Midoriya once exclaimed “Dreams can become reality!”. For the last 3 seasons and countless manga of My Hero Academia, created by Kohei Horikoshi, Midoriya has been striving to make his dreams of becoming a hero a reality, despite not having a Quirk, but so far it’s only been in animated form.
That has all changed, as Legendary Pictures has acquired the film rights to My Hero Academia, with plans on producing a live-action version of the IP. Legendary has named Jay Ashenfelter (Pacific Rim: Uprising) and Alex Garcia (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) to oversee the project, alongside Ryosuke Yoritomi of Shueisha, the company that owns the popular series. Toho will be in charge of distribution in Japan.
MY HERO ACADEMIA posits a world in which 80% of humanity has developed some sort of special powers, known as quirks – not all of them super, and not all used for good – and focuses on a young boy who obsessively follows the new heroes while having no abilities of his own.
My Hero Academia has sold over 17 million copies and has become one of the most beloved series all around the world, since debuting in 2014. So, while there is clear excitement for the prospect of seeing our favorite heroes in live action on the big screen, a certain amount of trepidation is ok to have. When it comes to attempts at developing a live-action film based on an anime, there have been far more failures than successes. The last two that come to mind would be Netflix’s Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Neither of which saw much success. All that being said, Legendary will really need to tread lightly and try to keep the integrity of what Horikoshi built all of those years ago, when the world first fell in love with his works.
The next few films from Legendary are Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Detective Pikachu (2019), and Godzilla vs Kong (2020)