Here is an Update on the Live-Action NARUTO Film
It’s been close to a year and a half since we have heard anything about the live-action Naruto project from Lionsgate. But recently, Collider got to sit down with the project’s director, Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman), and they wanted to know the status of the film. From Gracey’s comments, it looks like he’s conscious of the criticism that plagues live-action adaptations. Just look at The Last Airbender, Dragonball: Evolution, Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note if you’re not sure what I’m referring to. Here’s what Gracey said:
I think having the creator on board for this project is a great idea. That’s one of the reasons I can’t wait for the live-action Bleach film to come out this year. Tite Kubo worked on the project and I think it will really help. I also agree with Gracey that if he isn’t excited about the script, they shouldn’t do it. The last thing anyone needs is to be hated by a fanbase as large as Naruto’s. At least if he’s excited, he can come up with something about wanting to do his own variation which would gain some credibility if Mavashi Kishimoto was involved and was equally excited about it. As with most live-action adaptations, I am hesitant, but I guess we’ll see what happens. We don’t know when this film will happen, so be patient, and let us know who you would cast in the film.