Sony Pictures enlists Justin Lin to direct “One Punch Man”, the adaptation of a manga classic; Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner
EXCLUSIVE: After go out x fast, it didn’t take Justin Lin a very long time to revive another franchise. He is ready to lead A Punch for Sony Pictures. Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Rosenerwho teamed up Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, are set to write the live-action film adaptation of a globally successful manga series. Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to Shueisha.
Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Arad Productions (Spider Man movie series, Iron Man, X-Men movie series, Venom) produce the film. Lin will also serve as a producer and work with the scribes on a rewrite with the intention of starting production by the end of the year.
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Very popular in Japan and around the world, A punch follows the story of Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch but seeks to find a worthy opponent after growing tired of the lack of challenges in his fight against evil. Think of Mike Tyson. The studio is optimistic about the concept as a franchise starter.
Created in 2009 by Japanese artist ONE as a webcomic, A punch quickly went viral. In 2012, it was later released on Shueisha’s Tonari no Young Jump Next with artwork by Yusuke Murata featuring ONE. The series became huge with worldwide sales totaling over 30 million copies. When the English edition published by VIZ Media debuted in the United States in 2015, the first and second volumes made headlines. New York Times Manga Bestsellers and was nominated for an Eisner and a Harvey Award. Since then, One Punch Man’s popularity has led to a critically acclaimed television anime series, as well as, more recently, the launch of a video and mobile game.
Lin planned to conclude the Fast and Furious series and had started production on x fast when he dropped out of the project due to creative differences over star Vin Diesel’s script rewriting system. Louis Leterrier intervened and directs this film. Lin had started with the franchise on Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, and x fast would have been his sixth film in the billion-dollar series. Now Lin will be downstairs to create a new franchise.
Lin is replaced by the CAA and attorney Warren Dern. WME and attorney Robert Offer representing Rosenberg and WME representing Pinkner.
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