Despite Hollywood's reputation for terrible anime adaptations, there's no stopping the anime hype train. Word has it that Sony is interested in bringing One Punch Man to live-action, and word has it they have a star and director in mind already.
According to insider Daniel Richtman (via Full Circle Cinema), Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins) is being eyed for the role of the lead Saitama. We don't have any other word on who they want for the cast, but they allegedly also want Eternals director Chloe Zhao to be at the helm.
Personally, I would want someone more ‘regular' looking for the role of Saitama, and I think Golding is too much of a stud for the role. Then again, with some make-up and proper costuming, they can probably make the up and coming star one of the most unremarkable-looking superheroes out there.
As for Zhao, she's just breaking into mainstream movies, so I guess I'll have to wait and see how Eternals turns out before I can form an opinion about her taking on something like One Punch Man.
With superhero satire being a hit with properties like The Boys, it would be interesting to see how a kid-friendly property like One Punch Man could handle it. Though anime adaptations don't always turn out well, you can't blame studios for trying.
In a world of superhuman beings, Saitama is a unique hero, he can defeat enemies with a single punch. But being just one hero in a world filled with them, his life is empty and hollow: he gets no respect from anyone, he displays a laidback attitude to everything, and for the most part, he finds his overall hero life pointless... and worst of all, he lost his hair due to intense training. These are the adventures of an ordinary yet extraordinary hero.
No release date has been set for the One Punch Man adaptation. You can catch Golding in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins when it comes out Oct. 22, 2021.