After Netflix finally managed to pull off a live-action adaptation of the popular anime One Piece, it seems the stones are set in place for the next major attempt. Masashi Kishimoto‘s iconic Naruto franchise seems to be the next in line for an adaptation. Still, unlike the 1000+ chapter adaptation before it, this one will act as a film rather than a TV series.
In an article by Variety, they reveal that Red Sonja writer Tasha Huo is currently working on a script for a live-action adaptation of Naruto for Lionsgate. Sadly, they don’t reveal much outside of that this is her next project, but it does sound like they might be further along now that the strikes have ended. She does share the following on her passion for adapting iconic characters:
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.Tasha Huo
Naruto is going to be quite a different beast than One Piece. Mostly due to the nature of its story being strongly focused on colorful ninjas. So, it’s not going to be a project where you can easily just westernize it, unlike Eiichiro Oda’s work which has a very diverse cast as revealed by the creator. So, it’ll be interesting to see how they pull this one off.