Originally Posted by Numinous
This. There are few comments on Naruto's prototype script (NOT to be confused with the script for Chapter 0) in the early chapters and interviews, so it's a matter of researching.
And the irony is Hinata was conceived much earlier than Sakura... as a love interest for Naruto. Hindsight is hilarious on this one.
I'll take it with large doses of salt. There's no link to Shounen Jump or even a Japanese magazine, so it could very well be trolling with Narutards.
Humm, no. Sasuke wasn't even a thing in Kishimoto's prototype script, it was an executive that said Naruto needed a rival thus Sasuke was born. So if there was no Sasuke, I dare say there was no Uchiha storyline whatsoever in that script.
Kyuubs attacking Konoha has been the lynchpin of the storyline, I can't fathom the originality within Kishi to mix all he had without Uchihas though. Take out every Uchiha, and the sharingan, most of us wouldn't have even paused long.