Legendary to Produce Live-Action Feature Film Based on Global Powerhouse MY HERO ACADEMIA Franchise
Source: Source: Legendary Entertainment press release
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Legendary announced today plans to produce a live-action feature film version of MY HERO ACADEMIA (僕のヒーローアカデミア, Boku no Hiiroo Akademia), based on Shueisha’s globally popular manga franchise created by Kohei Horikoshi. With more than 17 million copies in circulation and nine spots in PD BookScan’s Top 20 U.S. adult graphic novels list for August 2018, the 2017 winner of the Sugoi Japan Award for Best Manga, My Hero Academia continues to grow into a global print powerhouse across both print and television.
My Hero Academia posits a world in which 80% of humanity has developed some sort of special powers, known as quirks — not all of them super, and not all used for good — and focuses on a young boy who obsessively follows the new heroes while having no abilities of his own. Debuting from publisher Shueisha in 2014, My Hero Academia has swiftly become one of the headline manga of their Weekly Shōnen Jump series — a rip-roaring adventure elevated by strong art, charming characters, and consistent mastery of battle story fundamentals. The anime series, now in its third season, is one of the most popular in Japan and has become a hit abroad as well and an animated feature film, MY HERO ACADEMIA: TWO HEROES (僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ～２人の英雄～, Boku no Hiiroo Akademia THE MOVIE ～２-ri no Hīroo～, 2018), recently premiered in the US to fan elation.
The project will be produced by Legendary, with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing on behalf of Legendary, and Ryosuke Yoritomi in charge on behalf of Shueisha. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
Legendary currently has several films in various phases of production including GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS and the live-action POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU in post-production, both set for release in 2019, and GODZILLA VS. KONG in pre-production toward a May 2020 release.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $14 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit legendary.com.
About Shueisha Inc.
Established in 1926, with the corporate goal of accommodating the ever-changing needs of the reader, Shueisha has continued to publish megahit manga (comic book) to global readers and to influence the minds of many generations. Utilizing manga as source material, it has adapted its stories to animated films, movies as well as licensing events and merchandising opportunities worldwide. Through VIZ Media it distributes to North America and Europe. As it expands on digital publishing, it aims to broaden its business to cover all corners of the world including in Asia and the Arab nations. To learn more visit shueisha.co.jp/english.
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the leading exhibition company in Japan.