Is there really a live-action ‘Naruto’ movie coming?

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The buzz about a live-action Naruto movie first emerged eight years ago, initially reported by Variety in July 2015. At that time, Lionsgate had secured Michael Gracey, known for directing “The Greatest Showman,” to helm this anticipated adaptation. However, since that announcement, updates on the project have been scarce.

Recently, the success of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the immensely popular “One Piece” series sparked renewed hope among Naruto fans—some eagerly anticipating it while others remain skeptical—reviving the possibility of the long-awaited Naruto movie becoming a reality.

Despite the lack of significant or concrete developments, the potential for the live-action Naruto adaptation still remains a distinct possibility.

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In a recent November 22, 2023, article by Variety highlighting “10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2023,” Tasha Huo was mentioned as one of the talents working on multiple scripts for the Naruto live-action project. This news has rekindled discussions, suggesting active development of the film.

Huo’s social media presence reveals her passion for fantasy content, evident in her involvement as a producer and writer for Critical Role’s upcoming “Mighty Nein” series, based on a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Her affinity for such genres aligns with the fervent desire among fans for dedicated professionals to be at the helm of the Naruto adaptation. There’s a collective sentiment that a genuine passion for the series is essential rather than merely pursuing it for commercial gain.

However, dissenting voices exist within the fanbase. Some express concerns about the potential involvement of Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto compared to Eiichiro Oda’s active role in the live-action adaptation of “One Piece.” Fans fear a lack of Kishimoto’s involvement might lead to inconsistencies in the adaptation that could disappoint avid followers of the Naruto franchise.

The divided opinions among fans underscore the immense global love for the Naruto series. Those steering the live-action adaptation, should it continue to progress, must handle it with utmost care, reverence, and passion. For many, Naruto holds a special place in their hearts, and any adaptation should honor and embody that sentiment wholeheartedly.