Sony appears to be wanting to adapt any comic book character they can get their hands on. First they had Spider-Man, Men In Black, Bloodshot, and Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery (Venom, Morbius, etc.) now they want to get in on the live action Anime business with “One Punch Man.”
Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Arad Productions are producing the film.
Hugely popular both in Japan and around the world, “One Punch Man” 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 bored by a lack of challenges in his fight against evil.
Created in 2009 by Japanese artist ONE as a web comic, “One Punch Man” quickly went viral. In 2012, it was then published on Shueisha’s Young Jump Next with illustrations by Yusuke Murata along with ONE. The series saw worldwide sales of over 30 million copies. When the English edition published by VIZ Media debuted in the U.S. in 2015, the first and second volumes made the New York Times manga bestsellers list and was nominated for an Eisner and a Harvey Award. Since then, the popularity of “One Punch Man” has led to a critically acclaimed anime TV series, as well as a video and mobile game.
Insiders say Sony is very high on the property given its popularity and the possibility of adding another franchise to the pipeline.
Saitama (サイタマ, Saitama) is the main protagonist of One-Punch Man and the most powerful being to exist in the series. Saitama faces a self-imposed existential crisis, as he is now too powerful to gain any thrill from battle.
No casting has been revealed at this time.