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The Live-Action Naruto Movie Is Finally Becoming a Reality

By Albulena Murturi


19 December 2023

Live-Action Naruto

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In a long-awaited development, the live-action adaptation of the beloved anime series, Naruto, has officially received the green light. It has been almost ten years since its initial announcement. Lionsgate, the studio behind the project, has enlisted the talents of Tasha Huo, to craft the script for the upcoming film. She was also known for her work on Red Sonja.

Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto will make its transition to the big screen. In the realm of Japanese manga and anime, it certainly stands out as a masterpiece. But, details about Kishimoto’s involvement in the project remain undisclosed. Variety report only says, “The next project on the writer’s agenda is a feature adaptation of the renowned anime ‘Naruto’ for Lionsgate.”

Live-Action Naruto
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This news comes amid a resurgence of interest in live-action adaptations of popular and vast manga series, evident in the success of Netflix’s One Piece. As anime fans eagerly anticipate the live-action Naruto, here’s a closer look at what we know about this long-anticipated project.

Naruto’s Journey to Live-Action

The journey from announcement to realization has been a protracted one for the live-action Naruto adaptation. Initially unveiled in 2015 with Michael Gracey attached as the director, the project faced a prolonged period of development limbo. However, recent movements at Lionsgate have reignited excitement among fans as Tasha Huo steps in to pen down the script. This signaled a significant stride toward bringing Naruto to life on the big screen.

Crafting the Characters

One of the crucial aspects of any live-action adaptation is the casting of characters, and the Naruto movie is no exception. While the cast remains officially undisclosed, speculation has already begun among fans. Jacob Hopkins, known for voicing Code in Boruto: Next Generations, emerges as a strong candidate for the titular role of Naruto Uzumaki. Similarly, Nolan Gross is suggested as a fitting choice for Sasuke, among other potential candidates.

The challenge lies in translating the animated characters into live-action convincingly. It will not be easy capturing the essence of Naruto’s journey from a young and ambitious ninja to the formidable leader he aspires to become as the Hokage. The delicate balance between projecting Naruto’s lively personality and the calm yet threatening aura befitting a Hokage adds an extra layer of complexity to the casting decisions.

Live-Action Naruto
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The Resurgence of Live-Action Manga Adaptations

The announcement of the Naruto live-action adaptation follows the success of other manga-inspired live-action productions, including Attack on Titan, One Piece, Bleach, and City Hunter. The renewed interest in bringing these beloved stories to life on the big screen. This suggests a growing market for live-action adaptations of popular and extensive manga series.

Release Anticipation

While an official release date is yet to be confirmed, the fact that the movie is now in production is a promising sign. Devoted fans have eagerly awaited this moment. Also, there is no official confirmation on the directorial front. It remains to be seen if Michael Gracey is still attached to the project. He was initially reported as the director in 2015.

In conclusion, the live-action Naruto adaptation has finally gained momentum after nearly a decade of anticipation. Lionsgate’s active engagement, coupled with the talent of Tasha Huo as the scriptwriter, bodes well for the faithful recreation of Masashi Kishimoto’s iconic work on the big screen. Fans can look forward to witnessing Naruto’s journey in a new and captivating cinematic experience. The movie is projected to hit theaters by the end of 2024.

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Albulena Murturi

An enthusiastic learner rediscovering the joy of writing.