Naruto Live-Action Movie Adaptation Moves Forward with Writer Tasha Huo
Naruto live-action movie reportedly finds its writer in Tasha Huo, who is also attached to write Netflix’s Tomb Raider animated show.
After years of languishing in development, the live-action adaptation of the popular anime series Naruto has finally taken a significant step forward with the hiring of screenwriter Tasha Huo. Best known for her work on the Netflix series "The Witcher: Blood Origin" and the upcoming animated Tomb Raider show, Huo brings a wealth of experience in adapting beloved fictional properties to the screen.
Huo's appointment is a promising sign for fans of the Naruto franchise, who have been eagerly awaiting a live-action adaptation for years. The film's development has been in limbo at Lionsgate since 2015, with director Michael Gracey ("The Greatest Showman") attached to the project. However, the recent success of Netflix's live-action adaptation of One Piece has sparked renewed interest in other anime live-action projects, including Naruto.
Huo, who was named one of Variety's top screenwriters to watch in 2023, is known for her ability to craft compelling and engaging narratives. Her work on "Red Sonja," a sword-and-sorcery epic based on the popular comic book character, demonstrates her knack for adapting iconic characters and bringing them to life in a fresh and exciting way.
While no specific details about the Naruto live-action film have been revealed, Huo's involvement suggests that the project is finally gaining momentum. With her proven track record and passion for the source material, Huo is well-positioned to deliver a faithful and entertaining adaptation of the beloved anime series.
Challenges of Adapting a Sprawling Anime
Adapting a lengthy and complex anime series like Naruto into a feature-length film poses a significant challenge. The sheer volume of material that needs to be condensed into a two-hour timeframe could potentially lead to a rushed and unsatisfying adaptation. However, the success of Netflix's One Piece, which managed to adapt the East Blue Saga of the manga into a 10-episode series, suggests that it is possible to do justice to such a sprawling narrative within the confines of a live-action format.
A Glimmer of Hope for Anime Fans
The Naruto live-action film has a long road ahead of it, but with the hiring of Tasha Huo as screenwriter, the project appears to be on the right track. Huo's experience and enthusiasm for the source material give fans reason to hope for a faithful and entertaining adaptation of the beloved anime series.