For fans of anime, Hollywood is forever of the periphery. Dragon Ball is just one of its casualties with the dreadful 2009 film, and with the long-gestating Akira do-over and the Scarlett Johansson vehicle Ghost in the Shell in development, things aren’t looking good. Worse still, news comes from The Tracking Board and Variety that Lionsgate is negotiating a live action Naruto movie.
The studio has already acquired the rights to Masashi Kishimoto's manga series. Effects artist turned director Michael Gracey is in talks with the studio to helm the Hollywood adaptation of the popular franchise. Gracey’s debut film, The Greatest Showman on Earth, is currently in pre-production.
Avi Arad will be producing through his Arad Productions, with Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O’Malley overseeing for the studio.
Kishimoto's manga series first saw the light of day in 1997, with the hit anime following in 2002. Series 19 of Naruto: Shippuden is currently streaming via Crunchyroll.
As ever, we’ll bring you more details as we hear them.
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