Film
Feb 23, 2024

After Sweeping The Globe As The Number One Most Watched Anime of All Time ‘Naruto’ Is Getting a Live Action

Director Destin DanielCretton is taking the reigns on a live action version of the beloved Japanese Manga, turned Anime, Naruto.

Image Credit:  PAUL ARCHULETA/GETTY IMAGES; NARUTO © 1999 BY MASASHI KISHIMOTO/SHUEISHA INC.

Lionsgate is backing Destin Daniel Cretton’s project and his ambition to adapt of one of the biggest mangas of all time. If his name is ringing a bell it’s because it should. Destin Daniel Cretton, who co-wrote and directed the Marvel Studios movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Cretton will also produce alongside Jeyun Munford through his company, Hisako. The duo join Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Emmy Yu of Arad Productions, who are behind the studio’s upcoming video game adaptation Borderlands, and Jeremy Latcham (Dungeons & Dragons).

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is a coming-of-age story focused on a young and enthusiastic ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who wants to grow up to be the leader of his ninja village but also happens to have the spirit of a nine-tailed demon fox inside him. The story was serialized in Japan’s popular Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2014, tracking the character’s coming-of-age, friendships, and many super-powered ninja battles.

During Naruto’s run, it became one of the world’s most popular intellectual properties, with over 250 million copies of the collected volumes sold in more than 60 countries and territories. It also launched several animated series that ran for years stateside on Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Adult Swim and other networks. It has been adapted into video game form and continues to be a merchandising juggernaut. Naruto has essentially been building hard-core fans around the world for 25 years. You can catch all the episodes of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden on Netflix and Hulu now, with more available on Amazon Prime as well. The movies from the franchise are also split between networks, you can check your local listings for the animated films.

Currently a spin off of Naruto is is gaining momentum as it chronicles the life of his son Boruto, which happens to also be the name of the manga and anime adaptation.

The adaptation has been in development with Lionsgate since late 2015. Many industry insiders are now hopeful that bringing Director Destin Daniel Cretton on will see it hit screens sooner rather than later. How they plan to condense Naruto and Naruto Shippuden which boast a combined 720 episodes in a feature feels unimaginable.