Live-action Naruto movie in the works from Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton

The world has been fascinated with live-action adaptations of manga and anime stories, largely due to negative waves drowning out the noise. Lionsgate now plans to adapt another of the most popular mangas of all time, Naruto, as Netflix’s One Piece series is now the only popular live-action anime title in sight.

The Naruto movie will hit the big screen instead of small-screen OTT, as many previous movies of its kind have done. Destin Daniel Cretton, co-writer of the superhero film and director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel Studios, has jumped on board to direct the forthcoming adaptation.

He will be joining producer Jeyun Munford. Important roles in the production process will also be undertaken by Jeremy Latcham, Emmy Yu (Arad Productions), Ari Arad and Avi Arad.

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Masashi Kishimoto is the author of the original Naruto. Now that he’s given Cretton his blessing, he thinks the man is the “perfect director for Naruto.” His speciality is “creating solid dramas about people,” Kishimoto admits.

Following their meeting, the manga creator was even more convinced of Cretton’s open-mindedness and strongly believed they “would be able to cooperate together in the production process,” as per Hollywood Reporter.

Since late 2015, the Naruto movie has been in development. Lionsgate and Cretton have a history together since he collaborated with the studio on the 2017 drama The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson.

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