Director Justin Lin will be tackling a live adaptation of an anime for his first project since his unexpected departure from Fast X.

As a director with proven commercial instincts, Justin Lin was never going to be kicking his heels at home for long following his sudden and unexpected departure from The Fast & Furious franchise. Lin had actually started production on the film Fast X when reported friction with the series’ star, Vin Diesel saw him exit the project abruptly, joining Dwayne Johnson as another Fast collaborator who has left the films due to ‘differences of opinion’ with Diesel.

Sony has swooped in to secure Lin’s services, signing him up to helm a live action adaptation of the anime and webcomic series, One Punch Man. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lin, who helmed five of the films in The Fast & Furious franchise, is currently in talks to take on the role of director for the project. The hero in One Punch Man is ‘a superhero named Saitama. He has the power to defeat any foe with a single punch, but soon he grows bored and seeks out a bigger challenge.’

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, the duo behind Jumanji: The Next Level and Venom have written the script whilst Ari Arad, producing veteran of many a superhero film, is also on board. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.

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