Naruto is getting a live-action adaptation from Lionsgate and director/writer Destin Daniel Cretton.

Naruto is one of the most popular mangas of all time with hundreds of episodes and spinoffs like Boruto. The Hollywood Reporter was first with the news. Destin Daniel Cretton co-wrote and directed the Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been tapped to do the same for this live-action adaptation from Lionsgate.

Cretton will also produce alongside Jeyun Munford with their company Hisako. They’ll be joined by Avi Arad, Ari Arad, and Emmy Yu of Arad Productions. They’re the ones behind Lionsgate’s adaptation of Borderlands, which received its first trailer eariler this week.

Naruto is the coming-of-age story focused on a ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who wants to grow up to be the leader of his ninja village. He also happens to have the spirit of a dragon inside him. The manga ran in Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014. It’s easily one of the most popular manga of all time with over 250 million copies sold of collected volumes and several animated series that ran on different networks like Cartoon Network and Disney XD.

Cretton has the blessing of series creator Masashi Kishimoto.

“When I heard of Destin’s attachment, it happened to be right after watching a blockbuster action film of his, and I thought he would be the perfect director for Naruto,” said Kishimoto in a statement. “After enjoying his other films and understanding that his forte is in creating solid dramas about people, I became convinced that there is no other director for Naturo. In actually meeting Destin, I also found him to be an open-minded director who was willing to embrace my input, and felt strongly that we would be able to cooperate together in the production process.”

We’ll keep you updated on Naruto, this is a developing story.

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Source: THR

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