RE:Anime, the production team behind a series of live-action Naruto videos on YouTube, has released a 50-minute full-length film called “Naruto, The Movie: Climbing Silver,” featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast.
Epic live-action battles: The movieUploaded to the team’s YouTube channel on Friday, compiled all the recent videos from their series and added new footage to complete the Hidan arc of the “Naruto: Shippuden” series. Geek Tyrant.
- The film features the action-packed fight scenes between Hidan and Shikamaru that RE:Anime previously released in multiple parts.
- Other highlights of the film include seeing Kakashi’s Raikiri move in live action and the appearance of Naruto herself.
- “Naruto, The Movie: Climbing Silver” was directed by RE:Anime founder Nik Shaw, who funded the project through a crowdfunding campaign.
- It Starring Jonathan Tanigaki as Shikamaru, JB Tadena as Asuma, Hunter Smith as Hidan and Yoshi Sudarso as Kakashi.
- In an interview with NextShark, Shaw highlighted the hard work his team put in developing their passion project.
- He gave a shout-out to their “amazing stunt team that put in hours and hours of work.” He added: “Jay Kwon and Jerry Quil choreographed the fight. I would say we practiced for over a week and it took many days and hundreds of takes to get the action just right.”
- Shaw also expressed appreciation for having Smith and Tadena, actors who are martial artists and trained stunt professionals, on the RE:Anime team.
- Complaining that “Hollywood doesn’t understand anime”, Shaw expressed his fear in his… Indiegogo campaign that Lionsgate’s upcoming “Naruto” adaptation will repeat the mistakes of the past from live-action misfires like “Death Note”, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”, “Ghost in the Shell” and “Dragonball Evolution”.
- “They don’t take it seriously and I’m extremely concerned that another one of my favorite shows from my childhood, another one of my inspirations, will be ruined,” he said.
- Since its YouTube premiere less than a week ago, “Naruto, The Movie: Climbing Silver” has been viewed more than a quarter of a million times, with mostly positive response from commentators.
- “From start to finish, this is the best live-action adaptation I’ve ever seen,” wrote one YouTube viewer. “Only people with that much love for the show that you all have can make something so amazing.”
- “This may be the best work I’ve ever seen in live-action Naruto-related,” said another. “I pray for your success in all your future endeavors Inshallah. I look forward to seeing more great work from you.”
- Shaw was delighted with the positive response from viewers and noted that he was pleased that his vision matched fans’ expectations. “When you take on a title as big as ‘Naruto,’ it’s a little unnerving because every fan of the series has their own idea of what it should look like in live-action,” he said.
A petition from fans: Fans of RE:Anime’s works have created a petition on change.org urging Lionsgate to consider giving Nik Shaw and his team the reins to produce the live-action adaptation of “Naruto.”
- According to the petition, putting people more knowledgeable and passionate about anime in key creative positions “will make this film different from other Hollywood live-action adaptations.”
- Shaw said he was touched by the support, confirming his team’s efforts to adapt anime that stays true to the core themes of the source material.
- “To have my vision for a live-action ‘Naruto’ so well received that fans of ‘Naruto’ and RE:Anime have joined forces to petition on our behalf…it really brings tears to my eyes “, he said.
- If given the chance to work with Lionsgate on the live-action “Naruto,” Shaw said he would keep the general tone of their YouTube productions, but add a lot of new elements.
- “The biggest difference would be to bring the ‘Naruto’ locations to life, such as the Leaf Village, the Forbidden Forest, etc,” he said. “I truly believe with my passion and love for ‘Naruto’ that I can bring to life a ‘Naruto’ world that really resonates with the fans and the public.”
News of a Lionsgate Naruto project first surfaced in 2015, with Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey reportedly in talks to direct. The fan reception was lukewarm, and whatever buzz the movie had when the story broke eventually dissipated and no other update has been released since then.
Featured image via RE:ANIME
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