Destin Daniel Cretton to Direct Naruto Film, Impact on Shang-Chi Sequel?

Known for helming the successful Marvel installment, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Cretton is now reportedly attached to a live-action “Naruto” movie. However, what does this development mean for the expected sequel, “Shang-Chi 2”?

Destin Daniel Cretton’s Next Project: Naruto

Destin Daniel Cretton’s involvement with the live-action “Naruto” adaptation was confirmed recently, with the director also slated to author and produce the project. His 2017 film, “The Glass Castle”, was released by Lionsgate, the same company that will distribute the upcoming anime adaptation. Also on board are producers Jeyun Mumford and the team from Brad Productions, Avi Arad, Ari Arad, and Emmy Yu.

It’s worth mentioning that Cretton has received the full backing of Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of “Naruto”. Kishimoto expressed his confidence in the director’s ability to effectively translate the beloved manga and anime series to a live-action format.

“Naruto”: The Iconic Anime Series

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, the original “Naruto” manga was published between 1997 and 2014 and then adapted into the anime series “Naruto” and “Naruto: Shippuden” from 2002 to 2017, yielding a total of 720 episodes. The series follows the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja possessing the spirit of the Nine-Tails beast. The narrative journey continues with “Boruto”, a spin-off focusing on the life of Naruto’s son. Nine anime movies were released between 2004 and 2015 and a live-action film adaptation has been brewing in the pipeline since 2015.

Uncertainty Surrounding “Shang-Chi 2”

While Cretton’s involvement in Naruto has generated enthusiasm, this development casts a shadow of uncertainty over “Shang-Chi 2”. Despite being listed in Marvel’s forthcoming projects for July 2023, there have been reports of the film being put on hold for reasons beyond the control of star actor Simu Liu. This new commitment to “Naruto” might further push the “Shang-Chi 2” timeline, despite Liu’s optimistic belief that Cretton is still on board to direct the sequel.

The Future of “Naruto” and “Shang-Chi 2”

Predicting the future of these two projects is somewhat uncertain at this point. While there are high hopes for “Naruto” due to the fresh momentum provided by Cretton’s involvement, “Shang-Chi 2” appears to be in a state of temporary limbo. However, fans can remain hopeful as project priorities in the film industry can often change rapidly.

Wrapping Up

As we eagerly anticipate more updates on both “Naruto” and “Shang-Chi 2”, fans can watch or relive the original “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” on Disney+ and “Naruto” as well as “Naruto: Shippuden” for Hulu subscribers. Stay updated on all the latest happenings in the world of cinema with HitPlay.

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