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Published July 31, 2015

The Tracking Board is reporting that Lionsgate is starting development on a Naruto live-action movie. The Tracking Board says that “Lionsgate recently closed the rights” to Naruto but IGN reports that the studio is “still only at the negotiations stage so this is by no means a done deal,” making it unclear how close Lionsgate is to making this film. If they do secure the rights to make a Naruto movie, the studio already has a directer and producer in place.

Michael Gracey, who only has one directing credit to his name according to IMDb, is set to direct the live-action film. Avi Arad, CEO of Marvel Studios and famous for recently producing The Amazing Spider-Man movies, will reportedly produce the film with his production company Arad Productions. He is also producing the Scarlett Johansson-led Ghost in The Shell movie.

Naruto is arguably the most popular manga series right now. It is written and drawn by Masashi Kishimoto, who has executive produced the latest Naruto movie, Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which is coming to US theaters this fall.

We’ll make sure to keep you up to date with all the information concerning this live-action Naruto movie.

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