Shortly after leaving Fast 10, the director found his new project.
Deadline reveals that Justin Lin was chosen by Sony Pictures to adapt live One-Punch Man, the hit manga started in 2009 that has already inspired an anime series. He will co-write this film with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the screenwriters of Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom, then he will stage the first installment of what should eventually become a franchise. The idea is to start filming at the end of the year.
One-Punch Man follows Saitama, a hero whose fist strength is indestructible, so much so that he quickly tires of fighting opponents he does not find up to his level. Full of humor, the series is also filled with various monsters, which requires a significant budget to design them in VFX in this live adaptation.
By signing for this project, Justin Lin therefore quickly rebounded after his departure from Fast Xthe tenth installment of Fast & Furious, which he dropped earlier this year shortly after filming began. He has since been replaced by Louis Leterrier (Elusive, Lupin).
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