Japanese director Shinsuke Sato to direct the live-action film of ‘My Hero Academia’

The live-action adaptation of My Hero Academia has found its director. Famous 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.

Sato will make his English-language debut with the movie which is based on the popular manga My Hero Academia, written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, and is among one of the most popular manga titles in the world with over 50 million copies in circulation.

The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a superhero himself. He is scouted by All Might, Japan’s greatest hero, who chooses Midoriya as his successor and shares his Quirk with him after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training.

The anime series adaptation from Bones Inc. and Toho Animation is popular in Japan and is currently in its fifth season. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is the third film from the popular anime series and those previous films have seen plenty of success.

The franchise holds various box office records. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, the first film, released in 2018, and grossed $5.7 million at the United States box office. The second film, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising made its debut in the US in 2020, and earned approximately $2.5 million on opening day.

Sato has directed several live-action film adaptations of manga and anime, including The Princess Blade (2001), Gantz (2011), I Am a Hero (2015), Bleach (2018), Inuyashiki (2018), and Kingdom (2019). In 2020, he also wrote and directed Netflix’s Alice in Borderland series which has been renewed for a second season.

We look forward to more details about Sato’s live-action movie My Hero Academia.