Star Wars: Episode IX isn’t the only movie J.J. Abrams is developing, as he has come on to produce a live-action version of the animated Japanese film YOUR NAME that will be written by Oscar-nominated Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer, it was announced Wednesday by Paramount and Bad Robot.
The two companies won the remake rights and will work alongside Japan-based Toho Co. (which produced the original 2016 film) to develop the project, and Toho will distribute the film in Japan. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce for Bad Robot along with original Your Name producer Genki Kawamura.
Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name follows a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.
“Just like in the film, it feels like a dream” said Kawamura. “Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. And Mitsuha and Taki have found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi infused love story, which gave the film such drive. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live action version of Your Name.”
“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,” added Shinkai.
Your Name has become the highest-grossing anime film of all time at the worldwide box office, having performed incredibly well in both Japan and China. Watch a trailer for the film below.
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