The director of half of the nitrous oxide-fueled Fast and Furious films, Justin Lin, is gearing up for yet another project. Sony is in negotiations with the director to adapt the famous Japanese property One Punch Man.
Following the filmmaker’s high-profile departure from Universal’s Fast X, Lin has been tapped by Sony, only weeks after the unprecedented circumstance in which the director willingly quit a project already in progress. Lin is the brain behind five Fast films, starting with Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and culminating with F9 last summer.
One Punch Man first came out as an online comic in 2009 and revolves around a superhero called Saitama. He possesses the powers to vanquish any opponent with a single punch, but he quickly gets bored and set out to be on the hunt for a bigger challenge. In 2012, the webcomic from ONE was picked up by the publisher Jump Next, where ONE collaborated with the artist Yusuke Murata. As it gained traction, it was adapted into an anime and a video game.
The current screenplay was written by the pair famed for Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Arad Productions’ Ari Arad will fill the role of producer for the cinematic adaptation.