Naruto to the big screen? According to movie website Tracking-Board, a Naruto live action movie is in the works by American movie studio Lionsgate. They’ve signed Michael Gracey as the director, who is currently directing several upcoming films, such as Roald Dahl’s The Witches for Warner Bros, the Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man, Elton John biopic Rocketman, and 20th Century Fox’s P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman on Earth. Gracey previously worked as a digital composer and in other visual effect capacities in the early 2000’s.
The movie will be produced by Avi Arad, who is a self-described fan of the series. Arad has produced many famous films based on Marvel properties including all the Spider-Man movies and Iron Man. He will also be producing the up-coming Hollywood adaption of the manga Ghost in the Shell.
There aren’t any specifics in regards to the story of the Naruto Live Action Movie by Lionsgate. It’s assumed it will follow Masashi Kishimoto’s beloved Naruto story, but then again we’ve seen Hollywood adaptations of series like Dragon Ball that haven’t even come close. It could also follow Bleach’s path – there was a Bleach live action announced back in 2012 that has had no new updates in over 3 years.
Whatever the case, the task to make a fantastic Naruto Live Action movie will be a gigantic one. The movie will have to win the hearts of the millions of Naruto fans in the world before in order to even have a chance for success. Otherwise it’ll find itself at the brunt of all jokes, similar to 20th Century Fox’s Dragon Ball Evolution.
Luckily for Lionsgate, the Japanese have done outstanding work in the live action cast and costume departments for Naruto, at least in our opinion here at Anime Games Online, through the Naruto Live Action Stage Musical. We thought the looks of characters were spot on for an anime/manga to live action adaptation! What’s more is that was a stage adaptation so the performances were literally live and in-person. Hollywood will have the ability to exceed that with fancy effects since their work will be for the big screen. It’ll all just be about execution and if they realistically pursue this with the determination to only bring the best!