Lionsgate Reportedly Plotting Live-Action “Naruto” Adaptation

Screenshot from “Naruto”
Screenshot from “Naruto”

Live-action adaptations of beloved manga and anime series are having a moment right now, and Naruto could be the next one in line. Lionsgate is reportedly plotting a live-action Naruto adaptation, with screenwriter Tasha Huo at the helm.

Tasha Huo, who recently wrote the script for the upcoming fantasy film Red Sonja, was recently featured in Variety’s feature about young screenwriters to watch after 2023.

She was in pretty good company, with Marcus Gardley (The Color Purple), Julian Breece (Rustin), Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum (Dumb Money), and Rose Gilroy (Project Artemis) also making the cut.

Huo discussed several high-profile projects she has on the way, including Red Sonja, and the animated series Mighty Nein and Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft. Huo revealed she was tapped by Lionsgate to work on a script for the live-action adaptation of Naruto, the iconic anime series about a young ninja trying to become the Hokage, the leader of his village.

Not much is known about this project right now, but Huo is excited about the prospect of bringing such an iconic franchise to life.

“Adapting iconic characters or IP makes the writing of it easier, because the passion for writing it is already there. I’m so inspired by these characters already that it’s exciting to just take a part of their journey and try to tell that fun story in a way that would appeal to me as a fan,” she told Variety.