Similar to other popular anime series like "Death Note" and "Ghost in the Shell," "Naruto" is getting its own big screen, live-action Hollywood adaptation. Shonen Jump, a magazine exclusive for Japanese manga and anime, confirmed on Saturday that Lionsgate had secured the rights to the franchise for a feature-length film.
According to Polygon, Michael Gracey will make his directorial debut with the project. One of the longest running and most popular anime series follow a young boy, Uzumaki Naruto, who has been ostracized by the people in his village because he is the vessel for the legendary nine-tailed demon fox that terrorized the world years ago. Now, Naruto wants nothing else, but to become one of the most powerful and respected ninjas in the world while also being accepted by the people around him. Along his journey, bonds are broken, new threats emerge, and Naruto is forced to confront the darkness within him.
Rumors of the "Naruto" movie began on July 2015, but it wasn't until last weekend at an anime convention in Japan that "Naruto" creator Masashi Kishimoto confirmed the project was pushing through. Currently, Game Spot said that the film is in pre-production, but there hasn't been an estimated release at this time.
Meanwhile, "Naruto" has received great success as a series. Even as a manga, it has remained one of the most popular since it was serialized in 1999 and often appeared in the top three rankings alongside "One Piece" and "Bleach". It has produced several animated movies, video games, and other merchandise.
While the main "Naruto" series has just concluded, a new spinoff following his son is currently being published. An anime adaptation of this spinoff is also in the works. Furthermore, there are currently 220 episodes from the first four seasons of the "Naruto" anime available for people to stream on Hulu.