The ever-so widely popular character, Naruto, is going to be a little busy in the coming months as he’s set to to star in his own, upcoming, live-action film. Was there any question regarding whether or not it would happen? It seemed more like a question of just when would it happen ever since Lionsgate acquired the live-action film rights to the series. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If something from the Dragon Ball series can be made into a live-action movie so could something from the Naruto universe. Luckily, this won’t be an opportunity for someone to cash-in on a fan experience. Someone out there is making sure this one is done right because Masashi Kishimoto will be directly involved with the project to assure it doesn’t get screwed up.
All of this news comes courtesy of Kishimoto himself. During Weekly Jump’s Jump Festa, he made several major announcements regarding the future of Naruto. The movie was one of those announcements, and he even had pre-production art on site to show off to the crowd. However, no other details have emerged about the project. So take the news with some grain of salt and be ready for anything.
Fans do have every right to be worried considering Hollywood’s track record with anime adaptations. The last time fans got excited for their favorite anime to come to life, they were greatly disappointed in the results. Avatar: The Last Airbender had some of the looks from the Nickelodeon series, but failed to capture any characteristics that the original was able to convey. And who could ever forget Dragon Ball: Evolution? Everyone who saw it wishes they could. The screenwriter has since apologized for this mistake. Some people were able to forgiven him, but the pain was just too much for others. Keep your fingers crossed.
As for the other announcement Kishimoto made, Naruto will continue to live on in the realm of anime shows as the tradition will continue with the story of his children Boruto and Himawari as well as the second generation of everyone’s favorite ninjas from the Leaf Village. The series is set to air on Tokyo TV in April of 2017.