Naruto live action movie

What we know about the Naruto movie so far

By Olivia Richman


Feb 24, 2024

Reading time: 2 min

A live action Naruto movie has been officially announced.

Naruto is one of the most popular anime and mangas of all time. The manga series has 250 million copies circulating worldwide, with 153 million copies in Japan alone. The iconic characters are well known even beyond the anime fandom. Now, Destin Daniel Cretton (co-writer and director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is looking to bring Naruto to the big screen.

When is the Naruto movie coming out?

The live action adaptation of Naruto has no release date yet. It’s been in development with Lionsgate since 2015. Insiders have stated that the team is making “significant leaps” towards getting onto the big screen.

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What is the plot of the live action Naruto movie?

Naruto is a coming-of-age story about a ninja named Naruto Uzamaki who wants to lead a ninja village. Focused on intense fights, friendship, and emotional moments, the series has captured millions of fans. Now, creator Masahi Kishimoto has given Cretton his blessing.

“When I heard of Destin’s attachment, it happened to be right after watching a blockbuster action film of his, and I thought he would be the perfect director for Naruto,” said Kishimoto in a statement.

Kishimoto explained that he has enjoyed Cretton’s other films and feels they focus on “dramas about people,” making him feel it was a good fit. On top of that, Kishimoto explained that Cretton is “open-minded” and has been embracing input, meaning the adaptation will hopefully be pretty true to Naruto’s original story and style.

For now, however, the plot has not been revealed.

Who is starring in the live action Naruto film?

Naruto is one of the most iconic anime series of all time. The characters are beyond recognizable and there is definitely pressure from the anime fandom to represent them properly.

So far, no actors have been officially announced for the live action Naruto film. Only time will tell who will be taking on the challenge.

Right now, fans of the anime are a bit frustrated to hear about the live action adaptation, worried that it will not be accurate to the source material. Said one fan: “Not every anime needs to be live action.”