Variety’s article on “10 Screenwriters to Watch for 2023″ included a reveal on a new screenwriter attached to Hollywood’s live-action Naruto movie: Tasha Huo.
“Adapting iconic characters or IP makes the writing of it easier, because the passion for writing it is already there,” she told Variety. “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.”
For her credentials, she’s an executive producer for Amazon’s Mighty Nein, and is the showrunner for Netflix and Legendary’s Tomb Raider series. She has also developed scripts for Red Sonja. About Tomb Raider she said, “Lara Croft doesn’t just go to a new temple each week but goes through a character-driven emotional story, and that excited me the most.”
In 2017, it was announced that writers Jon and Erich Hoeber were rewriting the live-action Naruto script. Michael Gracey of The Greatest Showman was tapped to direct. Information has been slowly coming out about the movie.
It was previously reported that Naruto mangaka Masashi Kishimoto will be involved with the making of the Hollywood adaptation.
Naruto is one of the biggest manga and anime franchises of all time. VIZ Media publishes the original manga in English and gave this description for the first volume:
Twelve years ago the Village Hidden in the Leaves was attacked by a fearsome threat. A nine-tailed fox spirit claimed the life of the village leader, the Hokage, and many others. Today, the village is at peace and a troublemaking kid named Naruto is struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. His goal may be to become the next Hokage, but his true destiny will be much more complicated. The adventure begins now!
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