Here at The A.V. Club, we’ve spent years writing about never-gonna-happen live-action anime adaptations like Akira and never-should’ve-happened adaptations like Ghost In The Shell, but now it’s time to put that old stuff to rest and give something new a chance to be developed into a live-action movie that either never happens or never should’ve happened. After all, Akira came out 30 years ago, and in those three decades a whole bunch of other anime shows and movies have come and gone.
Legendary Pictures has apparently realized this as well, so it has picked up the rights to develop a live-action adaptation of newer anime/manga hit My Hero Academia that—at the risk of belaboring a point—will either never materialize or will involve some baffling creative decisions that make you wonder why anyone bothered in the first place. The original manga takes place in a world where the vast majority of people have developed superpowers, centering on one boy with no powers who gains the attention of a legendary superhero anyway. Japanese publisher Shueisha is involved, so this isn’t entirely coming from Americans, but Legendary still seems to be taking point.
Seriously, Hollywood. Give up on Akira and don’t fuck up Gundam.