One-Punch Man live-action film hires Rick and Morty writers

One-Punch Man

The upcoming live-action adaptation of One-Punch Man has tapped Rick and Morty writers Dan Harmon and Heather Anne Campbell to rewrite the script.

The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter who mentioned the scriptwriters in their article about director Justin Lin, who’s also attached to the project. Dan Harmon is largely known as the creator of the television comedy Community, as well as the co-creator of the adult animated series Rick and Morty alongside Justin Roiland.

One-Punch Man began as a webcomic series in 2009 which treads the line between gag comedy and shonen action. The creator ONE (a pen name), is also known for creating the series Mob Psycho 100. Both shows have received anime and manga adaptations.

The upcoming Hollywood adaptation of One-Punch Man was originally announced back in 2020 and was originally supposed to be written by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Pinkner and Rosenberg are largely known for their work on 2018’s Venom. At the moment, it’s unclear why the scriptwriters needed to be changed.

Anime and manga being translated to live-action by western producers has traditionally been hit or miss (overwhelmingly miss), with infamous releases like Dragon Ball Evolution in 2009, or the recent Netflix Cowboy Bebop series. While the recent One Piece live-action series was well-received, it’s not enough to undo the reputation these adaptations have earned. There are also questionable adaptations in the works like a rumored Made in Abyss movie from Colombia Pictures.

The One-Punch Man IP hasn’t shied away from other western collaborations either. When Overwatch began to more aggressively pursue monetization and licensed cosmetics, a Saitama skin was added to the game for the character Doomfist.

At the time of writing, no release window has been announced for the film; and while production was originally set to begin in 2020 it’s likely this change in scriptwriter means there’s some delays and drama happening behind the scenes.



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