This is the face most fans are going to have while reading this.
At this point, it seems as though Hollywood is intent on turning every popular/influential anime into a live-action film. Why? Who knows, but no one asked them to do it even once.
Dragonball: Evolution and The Last Airbender are two previous times that popular anime series were adapted by western studios, and of course, they were met with terrible reviews from critics and fans alike. Not to mention they didn’t do to hot at the box office. But Hollywood didn’t give up, which is why we’re getting an American-made Ghost in The Shell live-action adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson next year. That’s not enough though, so of course, it was only a matter of time before they set their on another popular property, like Naruto.
Yup, Variety is reporting that Lionsgate has somehow gotten their hands on the rights to turn one of the most popular Japanese series of all time into a movie. And here’s the good part: Michael Gracey, the director of pretty much nothing ever is helming the project. It’s already looking like a home run.
If it’s any consolation, Masashi Kishimoto, the manga/show’s creator has stated that he will be involved in the creation of the film to a certain extent. Yeah, we’ll see just how much. Of course, people are unhappy and will be until they see the film, but we will do our best to remain hopeful. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
No official release date for the Naruto live-action film has been announced