My Hero Academia: Shinsuke Sato (Bleach, Kingdom, Death Note) will direct the live-action film

My Hero Academia: Shinsuke Sato (Bleach, Kingdom, Death Note) will direct the live-action film

My Hero Academia

Variety and Deadline reveal that Shinsuke Sato will direct the Hollywood live-action film for Legendary by My Hero Academia, inspired by the manga of the same name with more than 50 million copies sold written and drawn by Kohei Horikoshi and published in Italy for Star Comics.

This will be Sato's first native English-language project.

My Hero Academia: Shinsuke Sato (Bleach, Kingdom, Death Note) will direct the live-action film

The director has experience in the field of adaptation of manga / anime-inspired live action films for having directed, among other things at the debut of his career, I Am a Hero, winning the SXSW Midnighter Audience Award in 2016. Also in 2016 he directs Death Note: Light Up the New World, inspired by the success of Death Note by the duo Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Subsequently, in 2018, he directed the adaptation of Inuyashiki and, in the same year, he wrote and directed the live-action adaptation inspired by Tite Kubo's masterpiece, Bleach, for Warner Bros. Japan.

Sato made the film adaptation of Kingdom in 2019, inspired by the acclaimed manga of the same name by Yasuhisa Hara, for Sony. Again, in 2020 he wrote and directed a TV series for Netlix, Alice in Borderland, which was confirmed for a second season.

My Hero Academia: first details of the live-action film

Announced in 2018, the western live action film of My Hero Academia is produced, remember, for Legendary, the US subsidiary of the Chinese film production company Wanda Group. Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter (Legendary) and Ryosuke Yoritomi (Shueisha) produce and supervise the project. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

At the moment no further details have been released, such as a release window, but as soon as we know more we will inform you.

My Hero Academia, the manga and the anime

My Hero Academia is made up of four seasons all available in free streaming on the VVVVID platform. The first four seasons and the OAVs were broadcast unencrypted by Mediaset networks, obviously dubbed in Italian, between 2018 and 2021. You can recover the series on home video thanks to Dynit which created 3 blu-ray boxes for the first two seasons , also with Italian audio, My Hero Academia Season 1, My Hero Academia Season 2 - Box 1 and My Hero Academia Season 2 - Box 2

Season 5 is currently underway. simulcast on Crunchyroll. Three films are also linked to the anime series: Two Heroes, HEROES RISING and World Heroes' Mission (the first two also released for Dynit).

The anime is based on the manga of the same name written and drawn by Kohei Horikoshi, which is still being published. The manga is published in Italy by Edizioni Star Comics which has published 28 volumes so far (don't miss it here on Amazon).

For those unfamiliar with here is a brief synopsis of the series:

“In a world in which being superheroes is the norm, being born without particular powers is equivalent to a real misfortune. Izuku Midoriya will have to go all out to get a superpower, and despite the feat it seems impossible that anyone will end up noticing his abilities "

My Hero Academia’ Live-Action Movie Lands Director Shinsuke Sato

Renowned Japanese filmmaker Shinsuke Sato (“I Am a Hero,” “Kingdom” and “Alice in Borderland”) has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of “My Hero Academia” for Legendary Entertainment.

The prolific filmmaker will make his English-language debut with the movie, which is based on the globally acclaimed manga property. “My Hero Academia,” written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, is among the most popular manga titles in the world with over 50 million copies in circulation.

The series has won over audiences worldwide with distinctive characters battling their way through high school in a world where 80% of Earth’s population manifests a super power (or, as its referred to in “My Hero Academia,” a “quirk”). The series follows superhero fanboy Izuku Midoriya, who was born without a quirk, therefore crushing his dream of going to UA, the superhero academy, and becoming the next “All Might” — the greatest hero the world has ever known. But, after a chance encounter with All Might himself, Midoriya vows to work as hard as he can, quirk or no quirk, to become a symbol of peace and a beacon of hope for the world.

Since its 2014 debut, “My Hero Academia” has amassed a colossal global fanbase, in addition to its critical acclaim. A part of publisher Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump since its launch, both the manga and the ongoing anime series from Bones Inc. & Toho Animation are considered among the best of the 2010s.

In 2019, the series won the Harvey award for best manga, and the anime series is currently in its fifth season. The series’ first two anime feature films, 2018’s “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” and 2019’s “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” were major box office successes, racking up more than $50 million worldwide, in one of the most successful runs ever for anime titles. A third movie, titled “My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission,” was released in Japan by Toho on Aug. 6.

Sato first made waves in the film industry with his adaptation of Japanese zombie manga “I Am a Hero,” which won the SXSW Midnighter Audience award in 2016. After directing the acclaimed live-action adaptation of “Inuyashiki” in 2018, the filmmaker wrote and directed an adaptation of renowned manga “Bleach” for Warner Bros. Japan.

The Tokyo-based filmmaker most recently directed the critically-acclaimed 2019 film “Kingdom” for Sony, which spawned an in-process sequel with Sato returning to direct. In 2020, he also wrote and directed Netflix’s “Alice in Borderland” series, which has been picked up for a second season.

Sato is repped by WME and Grandview in the US and Origamix Partners in Japan.

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