Legendary’s Live-Action ‘My Hero Academia’ Film Names Its Director

Legendary’s live-action My Hero Academia has found its director. Deadline reports Shinsuke Sato, who directed the smash hit Japanese film Kingdom in 2019, will direct the adaptation of Kohei Horikoshi wildly popular superhero manga series.

The story is a little bit like the film Sky High, if you remember that. It centers on Izuku Midoriya, a superhero fanboy in a world where 80% of the population develops superpowers, or “quirks”. However, Izuka doesn’t have any until a fateful encounter with the world’s most powerful hero, All Might, which leads to his enrollment in UA superhero academy where he can prove himself to be a hero in his own right.

My Hero Academia has been spunoff into a successful anime series that recently completed its fifth season. There have also been a number of animated movies, including last year’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission which opened in Japan last week. [Deadline]

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