Live-Action “Naruto” Adaptation Being Developed By Lionsgate

Screenshot from “Naruto”
Screenshot from “Naruto”

Adaptations of the hit manga and anime series are all the rage in Hollywood these days, and another one is on the way. Lionsgate is reportedly in the early stages of developing a live-action adaptation of the beloved anime Naruto, with Tasha Huo coming on board as a screenwriter.

The news was sporadically mentioned in Variety’s feature about promising screenwriters to watch, which included a brief interview with Huo. She discussed several of her future projects, including Red Sonja and the animated series Mighty Nein and Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft, but the live-action adaptation of Naruto also came up.

Not much is known about this project at this point in time, apart from the fact it’s being developed by Lionsgate. Judging by Huo’s words, the beloved animated franchise is in safe hands and she said she enjoys trying to “tell that fun story in a way that would appeal to [her] as a fan.”

Masashi Kishimoto’s manga series inspired the hit anime adaptations Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, which ran between 2002 and 2017. They chronicled the adventures of the young ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who’s trying to hone his skills and become the Hokage, the leader of his village.