The live-action adaptation of one of the world’s most popular manga is moving forward. According to insider Daniel Richtman, Long Shot director Jonathan Levine has been tapped to pen the script for Lionsgate’s Naruto film.
Levine is best known for his work in the comedy genre, helming such films as 50/50, The Night Before and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. He also created the USA Network series Rush, which follows the story of a hard-partying Los Angeles doctor, played by Lucifer star Tom Ellis. The show ran for ten episodes before it was canceled in 2014.
Development of the live-action Naruto movie began at Lionsgate back in 2015. Venom producer Avi Arad is crafting the project through his own company, with The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey on board. Levine is taking over for a writing team that included The Meg writer Jon Hoeber, Erica Hoeber and Masashi Kishimoto.
In addition to reporting that Levine had boarded the project, Richtman also revealed that the film is looking to cast high school-aged actors for the lead roles of Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura.
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