Live Action adaptations derived from anime are always criticised, with most of them being hated by the original fandom.
This is usually due to the new creators adding extra content, changing too much or just the fact that they’re trying to cram 700 episodes into an hour and a half film.
Now it seems as if Naruto fans are about to go through the “is this going to be our versions of Dragon Ball Evolution?” phase.
However, the director of the upcoming Naruto live-action movie, Michael Gracey, has given us some hope in a recent with Collider.
In this interview, Gracey stated that the filmmaker wants to work closely with the original creator of the anime, Masashi Kishimoto and won’t allow the movie to be released unless Kishimoto is pleased with the final result.
“So many Hollywood adaptations of really popular manga series just don’t get it right, and for me what was really important was that if I was gonna do Naruto, I wanted to actually work with Kishimoto and get a script to a stage where he would look at it and be excited about realizing it,” Gracey said.
“Because no one knows the world better than the person who created it.”
The live-action Naruto film is reportedly being produced by the studio Lions Gate and has been in the works since the information was announced in 2015.
“So for me, as it stands, we’re still working on the script,” continued Gracey.
“Because until that script is at a level that I’m excited about, I have no interest in destroying an amazing franchise, as has happened before.”
“At this stage, no one is going to go into production until we’ve got a script that excites everyone,” Gracey continued. “So whether it’s my next one or not, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.”