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Fans of the long-running Naruto, and Naruto: Shippuden series may be excited, or disappointed, to learn that Lionsgate is in talks to release a live-action Naruto movie, and are currently eyeing Michael Gracey to direct - according to reports from Variety. Gracey, although a seasoned special effects expert, is credited with only one movie currently in pre-production, but is otherwise a first-time director.

The brainchild of writer and illustrator Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto, the manga, was first released in 1997, and has since sold over 200 million copies. Naruto later became an animated series that lasted 220 episodes, and Naruto: Shippuden, the subsequent series, has been airing since 2007 with hundreds of episodes to its credit.

Naruto follows a young ninja by the same name, as he trains, battles, and grows in hopes of becoming his village's Hokage, the leader and most respected ninja of his community. Cursed with a literal demon inside of him, Naruto learns to overcome hardships, control his powers, and befriend others who, like him, have dark pasts - all in search of becoming the strongest ninja in his village.

Naruto is one of a few Japanese anime properties that Hollywood is looking at for a live-action film. Other upcoming adaptations include: Death Note, Bleach, Robotech, and Attack on Titan.

Are you excited or nervous, or a little of both, about the potential of a 'Naruto' live-action movie. Sound off in the comments below, and as always, follow me for more news on your favorite shows and movies.

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