Fresh off the announcement that Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) director J.J. Abrams will return to Lucasfilm/Disney for Episode IX of the Star Wars franchise, Paramount have struck a deal with the filmmaker that will see him direct a live-action adaptation of Japanese anime Your Name.
The movie, which will share its title with Makoto Shinkai’s original film, will be working from a script by Eric Heisserer who was nominated for writing the adapted screenplay to Denis Villeneuve’s 2016 sci-fi Arrival.
The live-action movie will be produced by Abrams himself under his Bad Robot banner, with Lindsey Weber also producing on behalf of the company. Japanese producer Genki Kawamura, one of the producers on the original 2016 film, will also produce.
Your Name (2016) is the fourth highest grossing film in the history of Japan, grossing a total of $355million worldwide and earning a nomination for Best Animated Movie of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize. The original film’s screenwriter-director Mokoto Shinkai had the following to say:
“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.”
Described as a sci-fi love story, Your Name centres on a teenage boy and girl from different parts of Japan who discover they can swap bodies. When an impending space disaster threatens one of their towns, they must find a way to meet and stop it from happening.
There is currently no release date scheduled for this film.