Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have announced that they have won the rights to adapt the popular 2016 Japanese film Your Name for the big screen. Based on Makoto Shinkai‘s novel of the same name, Your Name tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies.
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot will work with the producers of the animated film, Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., to develop a live-action take on the story.
“We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood,” said Yoshishige Shimatani, CEO of Toho Co., Ltd. “And to create with them a live-action version of the iconic Japanese film YOUR NAME.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams, and producer of the Cloverfield film Lindsey Weber, will produce for Bad Robot, alongside the producer of the original film, Genki Kawamura. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) will pen the script.
“Just like in the film it feels like a dream,” said Genki 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.”
The original animated film broke records, becoming the highest grossing anime at the worldwide box office, earning US$355M and holding its top spot at the box office for twelve weeks.
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have yet to make any casting announcements or divulge where the story will be set. But, with the debate about whitewashing in full swing following the Netflix flop Death Note, we are hoping the live action film seeks a culturally accurate cast and stays true to its source material.
Stay tuned for more news about the live-action remake of Your Name as it comes.