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‘One Punch Man’ season 3 release date rumors: Will Hollywood live-action movie premiere first before anime’s return?

From the trailer of the "One Punch Man" OVA "The Zombieman Murder Case 2 ~A Chalet Amid the Blizzard, and the Ones Bothered by the Cold" | Photo credit: BANDAI NAMCO Arts Channel

Avid fans of the Caped Baldy have more than one project to look forward to in the coming years. The question now is if “One Punch Man” season 3 gets released before the franchise’s first live-action Hollywood movie.

Will ‘One Punch Man’ season 3 arrive before Saitama’s live-action movie debut?

Fans have been waiting for “One Punch Man” season 3 to be announced, but after a year since the second installment was released, they have not heard anything from the anime producers. However, it was announced that a live-action “One Punch Man” movie is being developed by Sony.

Reports have it that the studio is invested in making the “One Punch Man” movie adaptation happen and one of the reasons is its well-established worldwide popularity. Another proof that Sony is all-in in bringing Saitama to Hollywood is that the key players in the production have already been decided. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, known for their works on “Venom” and “Jumani: The Next Level,” will reportedly pen the script. Production will be handled by Arad Productions, the same company working on the “Uncharted” live-action movie.

These details also suggest that Hollywood’s take on the series is still in the early stages of development. Finalizing scripts take time, and so do the filming and post-production, especially if it is about a bald hero, who defeats gigantic monsters with one punch. While the movie seems to be in a more advanced stage than the anime right now, it is not guaranteed that the theatrical release will happen before the premiere of “One Punch Man” season 3.

On the other hand, it is not entirely impossible for Sony to beat the “One Punch Man” season 3 release date. Fans of the anime already saw that its production can take roughly three years when season 2 was announced in the fall of 2016 but only got released in the spring of 2019.

‘One Punch Man’ season 3 features more clashes between heroes and monsters

The movie and “One Punch Man” season 3 is in no way overlapping projects, though. The film is likely to cover the early adventures of Saitama. Depending on how much Sony would want to stick to original materials created by ONE and Yusuke Murata, that could mean turning parts of season 1 into a live-action piece.

Meanwhile, “One Punch Man” season 3 is already much deeper into the story as it enters the more action-packed parts of the Monster Association Arc. Anime fans should expect nothing less than a series of clashes between monsters and heroes as the latter pushes to attack the Monster Association hideout.

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