Michael Gracey To Direct Lionsgate Films’ Live Action ‘Naruto’ Movie
Lionsgate Films is presently trying to get the adaptation rights to the popular Japanese anime series, “Naruto” with an objective to make it a live-action Hollywood movie. Now, the fans will be excited to know that their favorite hero has all the possibilities to hit the big screen as the production company has already signed on a director for the movie. But the production for the live-action Hollywood movie is yet to start. Read on.
Although Lionsgate is still pitching for the rights, they are confident to get it. According to Variety, Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct the adaptation of Japanese manga series, “Naruto.” The report also revealed that Avi Arad Productions would produce the movie, It had earlier produced the record-breaking movies like “Spider-Man” (2002), “Daredevil” (2003), “Spider-Man 2” (2004), “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007), and “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) just to name a few.
Before moving into directing, Gracey had earlier worked as a visual effects specialist. He is also involved in the other directorial projects that are in development like “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” based on Laini Taylor’s fantasy novel, “Rocketman,” and “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”
Masashi Kishimoto is best known for writing and illustrating the highly popular Japanese manga series, “Naruto.” It became the third highest selling manga in history by selling over 200 million copies in print. Later it was adapted as an anime series and telecast from Oct. 3, 2002, to Feb. 8, 2007, which was a massive hit. With the English subtitle, it was aired in the United Kingdom, Australia, and North America from 2005 to 2012.
Directed by Hiroyuki Yamashita, “Boruto: Naruto The Movie” is also based on Kishimoto’s “Naruto,” which is going to hit the big screens across Japan on Aug. 7, 2015. It is set to be aired in over 80 cities in the United States later this year.
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