Lionsgate has tapped visual effects artist Michael Gracey to helm a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series Naruto.
The studio is currently in negotiations for the film rights to the Naruto series by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was first published in 1997 and follows the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a teenage shinobi with dreams of becoming Hokage, the village’s protector and leading ninja.
Naruto has also generated an anime series that premiered in 2002 in Japan and ran for 220 episodes. A sequel, Naruto: Shippuden, has been airing since 2007. The hit manga and anime series will see a new movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, set to premiere in the U.S. on Oct. 10.
Avi and Ari Arad are set to produce the live-action movie through Arad Productions, with Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O’Malley overseeing for the studio.
Gracey’s first actual directing gig is the upcoming P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth, which will be released on the big screen on Dec. 25, 2016. He has several other studio projects in the works, including Universal’s adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and an upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman (yep, another one), with Tom Hardy attached to the project.
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