Masashi Kishimoto, the original creator of the long-running “Naruto” manga and anime franchise, has reportedly hopped on board Lionsgate’s currently in development live-action U.S. film adaptation of the property.
The series follows teenage ninja heroes-in-training and centers on Naruto Uzumaki in his quest to become The Hokage – the legendary chosen protector of his embattled ninja village.
Visual effects specialist turned filmmaker Michael Gracey is slated to direct the property and came onboard the property a year ago. Producers apparently reconfirmed Gracey’s involvement at Japan’s Jump Festa event on the weekend where it was also made quite clear Kishimoto was working on the project in some capacity.
Gracey remains attached to several other projects at this time including the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman On Earth,” the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” and an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”.
Previous attempts to translate anime and manga properties into live-action western films have not had much success such as the infamous “Dragonball: Evolution” or the better received but disappointing “Speed Racer”. The next attempts are “Ghost in the Shell” which will hit cinemas in March, “Death Note” which is in the works for a 2017 release, “Alita: Battle Angel” in 2018, and the still in development “Akira”.
Source: Anime News Network