Action Masashi Kishimoto is Involved in Production on Lionsgate, Michael Gracey's Naruto Hollywood Film

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  1. Kuze

    Kuze Review Bot Reloaded 2.0

    May 21, 2016
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    The Naruto and Boruto stage event at the Jump Festa event confirmed on Saturday that Lionsgate and director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) are working on a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga. The event also showed pre-production art, and revealed that Kishimoto himself is involved in the production.

    The Tracking Board Hollywood news website had reported in July 2015 that Lionsgate had closed the rights to adapt the manga into a live-action film, and was in talks with Gracey to direct. Gracey has previously worked in visual effects and animation.

    The Tracking Board also reported last year that Avi Arad (Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell, Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi) and his son Ari Arad are producing the film at Arad Productions, and Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O'Malley are overseeing the film.

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  2. Oh Snape

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    May 21, 2016
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    Yeah live actors doing ninja handseals will just make them look constipated.
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  3. Wind Adept

    Wind Adept New Member

    Jun 14, 2016
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    I can kind of picture this film doing well if the source material isn't taken too seriously, like it was for The Last Air Bender film.

    That being said, this could easily go horribly wrong too like Snape pointed out.

    I think if the director is more self aware of the silliness and only allows the film to become serious where necessary (kind of like the Kill Bill films, that were fully self aware of the silliness of the old martial arts films it was paying homage to) this could (huge emphasis on "could") turn out all right.
  4. Matemar

    Matemar Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2016
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    Directors should just give up on trying to do this kind of stuff. In my opinion, this won't end well.

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