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According to The Tracking Board, Lionsgate is set to adapt the popular manga Naturo into a live-action feature, with Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to produce and up-and-coming filmmaker Michael Gracey lined up to direct.
Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is the third-highest selling manga in history with over 200 million copies in print, and has spawned a hugely successful anime, as well as a series of animated movies – the eleventh of which Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set for release later this year [watch the trailer here].
Naruto will become the latest high-profile project for Gracey, who has moved from visual effects work into directing and is currently attached to a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man and musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate has been trying to mount a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Naruto for a long while, and that project is making some major advances today with word that up-and-coming helmer Michael Gracey is being tapped to direct by the studio.
The project is still expected to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja-in-training who hopes to one day become the Hokage, known as the most powerful ninja of his hometown village.
The Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto has become massively popular around the world, emerging as the third highest-selling manga in history. It has already been adapted multiple times, including as an anime series and in eleven animated features.
- Isaac Feldberg
The studio is in negotiations for the film rights to the “Naruto” series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, first published in 1997. The manga, which has sold more than 200 million copies in print, follows adolescent ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the village ninja, the community’s protector and leader.
“Naruto” has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, while the “Naruto: Shippuden” sequel has been airing since 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed 10 movies.
Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who has moved into directing. He’s been attached to several studio projects that are in »
- Dave McNary
Fans of Parks and Recreation have already seen (and appreciated) Chris Pratt's musical side, but this week, the actor showed off his talents on Instagram with a must-see video. The Jurassic World star is busy making the press rounds for his new blockbuster, and after spending some time in China, he made his way to England this week, where he stopped by the BBC and played a piano donated by Elton John. He shared a video of his mini performance, which you can watch below, and he wrote, "I also got to play this piano donated by Sir Elton John. #JurassicWorldGlobalPressTour #JurassicWorld #RocketMan #YesSirEltonJohn." The handsome star's cute post comes just a few days after he took to Facebook to preemptively apologize for anything he might say during the press tour that might offend someone. In a lengthy post, he wrote, "I hope you understand it was never my »
I'm not sure Tom Hardy will ever become a household name. If he were already I don't think I'd be as nervous for the box office prospects as I am for Mad Max: Fury Road, which looks balls-to-the-wall insane and a movie I'm counting the minutes until my press screening next week, though at the same time nervous general audiences won't rush to support. That said, what it would take for Hardy to become a household name is probably a career path that would result in Tom Hardy no longer being the Tom Hardy we all know and love. While Hardy may have played a major role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, I would wager the majority of people unfamiliar with his face don't even realize he's the same actor starring in the new Mad Max film or even the actor that played Eames in Nolan's Inception, »
- Brad Brevet
While I'm eager to see what Tom Hardy gets up to in the role of Elton John in the developing biopic "Rocketman," he'll sing beforehand in "London Road," and the first trailer is here. Olivia Colman leads the adaptation of the hit musical that tells the true story of Steve Wright, who murdered five sex workers in 2006. The twist is that all the dialogue and lyrics are used from interviews with residents of the English community at the time of the crimes. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed verbatim musical directed by Rufus Norris, which he now directs as a feature film, London Road documents an incident from 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Speaking to The Sun, Hardy admitted that he's "not a singer" but that he's "really trying" for his role of the famous singer in the upcoming biopic.
He said: "I'm not a singer. I have no idea really.
"I'm really trying because of Rocketman but it's hard to open my mouth in that way."
Hardy also said that he isn't usually "drawn towards" musical roles, but says he does have a history with rapping.
"I'm not really drawn towards singing and musicals and that stuff," he said. "I did some rap when I was a kid but I'm somebody's dad now so it wouldn't be too cool to crack that out!"
John is serving as an executive producer on Rocketman, and is also re-recording a number of his greatest hits for the project.
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