Live-action Naruto Believe it! Several years ago it was revealed that longtime Spider-Man producer Avi Arad had obtained the rights to the manga series Naruto and Ghost in the Shell. He has since moved forward with Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlet Johannson but now he sets his sites on bringing Naruto to the big screen. Lionsgate is looking to produce the live-action project and has already tapped Michael Gracey to direct the project. Let’s hope he has learned from the mistakes that came out of Dragonball : Evolution, Street Fighter and the worst culprit, 2010’s The Last Airbender. Gracey has yet to have any of his directing gigs come out yet but Rocketman starring Taron Egerton as Elton John is gathering some buzz. Naruto Believe it!
Naruto has a very young and large fanbase over its years as a manga and anime. The story follows Naruto Uzumaki who after being cursed with a demon spirit inside him; grows up and strives to one day become Hokage of the Hidden Leaf Village. Along the way, he meets friends Sakura and Saskue who also becomes his biggest rival.
Naruto Believe it - will we see it?
It’s unknown if the film will follow his young teen years as a genin in the hidden leaf village or jump right into the Shippuden years when he is at the age of 16. A live-action play (above) has taken place over in Japan with some pretty spot-on costumes from the anime.
Let’s hope Michael Gracey learns from the mistakes made by Daisuke Nishio and Rupert Sanders in the DBZ and ghost in the shell films by making the cast Asian instead of caucasian being that it is a “Japanese” show and not American.
I also can’t wait to see how much of the anime they incorporate into the movie, and how they’ll add all of Naruto’s squadmates or if they’ll just get rid of the less important ones.
:: SOURCE :: - Variety