Naruto, the immensely popular manga/anime is one of many foreign properties that has long been overdue for a live-action movie. And seeing that Hollywood has no qualms about making something that isn’t their own, it should come as no surprise that a movie would be on the way. Per The Tracking Board:
Another beloved manga is about to find a new life on the silver screen, as sources confirm that Lionsgate is moving forward with an adaptation of the mega-popular NARUTO, with emerging helmer Michael Gracey in line to direct. The studio recently closed the rights to the Japanese series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, which follows Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who dreams of one day becoming the Hokage, the village ninja who serves as protector and leader, considered strongest of them all. Prolific producer Avi Arad, a self-described fan of the series, will produce via his shingle Arad Productions, while Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz, and Kelly O’Malley will oversee for the studio.
Here’s hoping Hollywood gets it right, considering what happened last time: