The live-action My Hero Academia movie is finally moving ahead at Netflix. The project has been in development for over a year now. However, a recent update from the show’s writer revealed that it may have already started production.
Speaking to Collider in a recent interview, writer Joby Harold, who is also a producer on the MonsterVerse television series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, teased that the live-action My Hero Academia movie at Netflix is “actively being worked on” at the moment. “Yes, it is,” confirmed Harold. “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 is a popular Japanese manga series created by Kohei Horikoshi. The manga began serialisation in Weekly Shounen Jump back in 2014 and is currently ongoing. It was later adapted into a massively popular anime series in 2016 which has run for six seasons so far.
The story of My Hero Academia focuses on a world of people who are born with superpowers called Quirks. The protagonist, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, dreams of becoming a superhero as revered as his idol, the world’s greatest hero All-Might. The only problem is, Deku wasn’t born with a Quirk of his own, making him an outlier in a society filled with superpowers. Through a chance encounter, Deku adopts All-Might’s abilities and enrolls at U.A. High School, a hero school where he learns to control his newfound powers.
If that sounds familiar, it’s quite similar to the plot of the 2005 Disney movie, Sky High, with some notable differences. That said, in a market that thrives on superhero media these days, a live-action adaptation of My Hero Academia was inevitable. Hopefully it works out as well as Netflix’s very successful live-action One Piece.