After Fast X Exit, Justin Lin Has Found His Next Big Blockbuster

Fast X was to be director Justin Lin’s sixth film in the Fast & Furious franchise, which he had already directed five of. After just one week of filming, Fast X director Lin resigned and The Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier replaced him. There hasn’t been any word on what big blockbuster he’ll be working on since he was fired as a director about two months ago.

For a long time, Sony Pictures has been working on a live-action adaptation of the One-Punch Man manga; it was revealed in 2020 that Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner would be writing the script. According to sources, director and producer Justin Lin has joined the One-Punch Man team. Lin is now working with Rosenberg and Pinkner on rewrites, with production set to begin by the end of 2022. This will be Lin’s first non-Fast & Furious directorial endeavor since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

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Originally published as a webcomic in Japan in 2009, The One-Punch Man got its start as an anime six years later. Saitama, a superhero who can destroy any opponent with a single punch, is the protagonist of the story. Since Saitama is so powerful, he finds it difficult to find a good opponent among the many baddies and monsters he fights to keep Earth safe. Artist ONE developed One-Punch Man, and when it was released to American readers in 2015, its first and second volumes were both bestsellers. A Harvey Award and an Eisner Award would follow.

Sony Pictures’ One-Punch Man film, directed by Justin Lin, is meant to be the beginning of a franchise. Lin, on the other hand, has the advantage of starting from the beginning with One-Punch Man, rather than coming in after someone else has already set the groundwork.

After Fast X Exit, Justin Lin Has Found His Next Big Blockbuster
After Fast X Exit, Justin Lin Has Found His Next Big Blockbuster

Even if everything goes according to plan, One-Punch Man will mark Hollywood’s first live-action adaptation of a manga/anime since Alita: Battle Angel in 2019. It’s also worth noting that there have been several American TV adaptations since then, such as Netflix’s recently-canceled Cowboy Bebop and the impending One Piece.

There was a Masters of the Universe reboot in the works at Sony Pictures for years, but Netflix purchased He-comeback Man’s to live-action (performed by Kyle Allen) last year. For the time being, One-Punch Man is owned by Sony, and it appears that the film will be released in theaters.

Even said, considering Netflix’s track record with manga/anime adaptations, I can’t help but wonder if Sony and Netflix will eventually come to a new agreement that sees One-Punch Man exclusively on the latter platform. For more such updates do follow us only on leedaily.com

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