Naruto is a manga created by Masashi Kishimoto and pre-published in the Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump between 1999 and 2014. He was one of One Piece’s main rivals during the period commonly referred to as the “Second Golden Age of Jump”. Naruto is an orphan who grows up alone in a ninja universe. Indeed, he harbors within him a monstrous power that frightens all the inhabitants of the large village of Konoha. This little boy is the host of the fox demon “Kyubi”. This same demon ravaged the village twelve years ago and then was sealed in Naruto. The boy then decides to become a ninja and even a Hokage, in order to be recognized by all the inhabitants.
With close to 250 million prints, Naruto is one of the best-selling comics in the world. In France, the manga is edited by Kana and has 72 volumes. The anime is for its part separated into 2 distinct series. “Naruto” addresses the childhood of the ninja during 220 episodes. “Naruto Shippuden” deals with his coming of age during 500 episodes. A sequel is also underway in manga as well as in anime. This new saga highlights the son of Naruto … Boruto.
Cryptic is a YouTube channel offering fan made trailers made from special effects and costumes created on other channels. Two weeks ago, Cryptic presented us with the trailer for a Live Action movie adapted from Naruto. We must admit that the proposed extract is particularly impressive, especially when compared to other adaptation projects, even professional ones, of the same kind.
Naruto the film draws in the different arcs of the Shippuden series. We thus see Obito, Madara and Itachi in reincarnated form, versions of the characters appearing at the end of the manga, as well as Hidan and Kakuzu present only in the first 100 episodes. We are therefore not in front of a comma transposition near the manga or the anime, but in front of a trailer knowing how to draw on the original material to have fun.
Victim of its own success, Naruto was entitled to no less than 12 animated feature films, without forgetting “Boruto: Naruto, the film” which introduces the adventures of the son of the fox demon. It should be noted that none of the films are connected to the main plot of the manga.
The manga should however have the honors of a live-action adaptation, according to Daniel Richtman, a Hollywood insider. The site would have started in 2015 with the production company Lionsgate at the helm. The insider’s script being deemed unsatisfactory, the latter would have been replaced by brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber (Red 1 and 2) before Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50,…) came in to complete the script. The production, a position in which we find Avi Arad (Ghost in The Shell, The Amazing Spiderman), is currently in full casting, an Asian cast to believe the statements. Since then, no announcement has been made whatsoever on the choice of actors and actresses and the cancellation or progress of the project.