Live-action "Naruto" movie developing at Lionsgate
03 August 2015
Western, English-language, live-action adaptations of Japanese manga is expected soon.The vast Naruto franchise is the latest to enter American development.Negotiating for the film rights are in the process, between Lionsgate and Michael Gracey in the frame to direct.
Masahashi Kishimoto's Naruto, first published in 1997, currently stretches to 72 volumes of manga and 220 anime episodes, without including spin-offs like the ten anime movies. More than 200 million copies in print are made of the manga, and is the third best-selling in history, after One Piece and Dragon Ball.
The story is far too vast to summarise quickly, but the basic premise revolves around the adolescent Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming his community's leader and ninja protector.
Very early days yet, and with live-action manga movies having not a strong track record in Hollywood, I sure hope that we can see the light of day for "Naruto". I too was a huge fan of the anime, when I was a kid, and truly am interested of seeing it on the live set.Let's hope that will happen soon.