Netflix’s One Piece has surprisingly done well with the live-action adaptation, and we know that several other anime projects are in the works with the streaming giant. A live-action My Hero Academia had been announced over a year ago, and we now have an update.
Talking to Collider, writer Joby Harold (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts) has confirmed that the live-action MHA is still underway. He couldn’t confirm if it was a movie or a TV series, but he does say:
“I can speak to the fact that it is live-action and I think that’s probably all I can speak to, but it’s a big deal in my life. I’m really enjoying it… It’s amazing. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m really excited about it.”
Harold also doesn’t give any more details about how far they are along with the adaptation, but he does express excitement with the project. He continued, “Absolutely. It is something I’m working on and loving working on. I’m excited to do it and get it out there. It’s a big one.”
My Hero Academia from author Kohei Horikoshi launched as a manga back in 2014 and the anime came out in 2016. Since then, MHA has grown to be one of the most popular anime series today; it was only inevitable that it would get the live-action treatment.
The story takes place in a world where everyone gets superpowers (or quirks), but only the best of the best can become famous ‘superheroes’. The main character, Izuku Midoriya (or Deku), doesn’t have any powers, but somehow becomes the apprentice of his favorite superhero, All Might. Now he has to go to a ‘superhero academy’ with other kids with special quirks to train and become the best hero he can be.
Funnily enough, a lot of fans online have been comparing MHA to Disney’s Sky High which also followed the story of a powerless kid going to a school for ‘hero training.’ Amazon’s Gen V is also considered a spiritual sequel to Sky High as it deals with a college of superheroes—complete with all the drugs, sex, and alcohol you can expect from the college genre.
No release date has been set for the Netflix live-action My Hero Academia yet, but hopefully we can get an update sometime next year.