It has been announced that Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions will be producing a live-action adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name anime film. Abrams and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot will be working on the film alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film’s producer. Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Final Destination 5) is penning the script. Both Paramount and Bad Robot will work with original producer TOHO, who will be distributing the film in Japan.
Shinkai himself made a statement on the adaptation that said “Your Name. is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium. When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been completely unaware of. I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation.”
FUNimation describes the original anime film:
The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.
When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?
Your Name is currently the highest grossing anime film of all-time worldwide. It was originally released August 26th 2016, and premiered stateside earlier this year.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.