“Naruto” Creator to Help Live-Action Film

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Lionsgate Films is developing a live-action film based on the hit Japanese manga and anime Naruto and it looks like they want to do it right and to do so, they have found the one who may be able to help them.

Masashi Kishamoto, who created the original manga in 1997, which in turn lasted fifteen years on Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014 and spawned a hit anime series, will be joining the crew of the upcoming live action adaptation. Visual effects and animation artist Michael Gracey, currently making his directorial debut with the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman, will direct the film. Perhaps with Kishamoto involved, this is one adaptation will be done right?

Naruto tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a ninja-in-training and his quest to become The Hokage – the legendary chosen protector of his embattled ninja village.

Live-action anime has been a hit and miss in Japan and Hollywood. However, Hollywood has had a major bomb with Dragonball: Evolution and the modest Speed Racer. Next year will bring live action adaptations of Ghost in the Shell and Death Note with Alita: Battle Angel set for 2018. Japan’s live action anime slate next year includes Blade of the Immortal, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gintama, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

More as this develops…

H/T: Anime News Network

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