J.J. Abrams Is Producing a Live-Action Remake of 'Your Name'

Posted 2017/09/29 0 0

The filmmaker is prepping an adaptation of last year’s biggest Japanese anime, Your Name.


J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures have announced they’ll be turning the critically acclaimed Japanese anime Your Name into a live-action film. As Screen Daily report, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are behind the project, with Abrams, Lindsey Weber and Genki Kawamura (producer of the anime) producing. Eric Heisserer (Arrival) is writing, while the original film’s distributors Toho will also be helping out (and releasing the movie in Japan).

The sci-fi love story was the highest grossing anime film at the worldwide box office, earning $355 million on top of $303 million in Japan. The Japanese film was created, written, and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It tells the story of 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.

Shinkai himself commented on the project, saying: “'your name.' is a film that was put together with the local creativity and domestic techniques of those of us living in Japan. With such a movie now intersecting with Hollywood, there’s the potential for the staff to show us new possibilities, which is something I’m looking forward to in the finished film.”

“Just like in the film it feels like a dream,” said Genki Kawamura producer of the original film in a statement. “Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie.”

Paramount-based Abrams is one of Hollywood’s most prolific producers with credits on the “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Cloverfield” franchises. He directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and came on board on Sept. 12 to replace Colin Trevorrow as director on “Star Wars: Episode IX.” With Abrams focused on the Star Wars installment (not to mention the various films and TV series he’s producing, including HBO’s Westworld) it seems like there might be some time before work on the Your Name adaptation begins.