Your Name is headed back to the big screen as a live-action film from Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the popular anime will be adapted for live-action by writer Eric Heisserer, the Oscar-nominated scribe who penned Arrival.
Abrams is attached to the project through his Bad Robot banner. Lindsey Weber and the 2016 anime’s producer Genki Kawamura will also produce. They will develop the film with Toho Co., which produced the original anime.
Your Name follows two teenagers, Mitsuha and Taki, who discover that they have the ability to switch bodies. Over the course of the movie, they realize they move through time as well as space. Soon, one discovers that the other and their town are in grave danger and must race against time to save them.
Makoto Shinkai, who wrote and directed the original anime, weighed in on the upcoming adaptation. “Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Your Name is currently the fourth-highest grossing film of all time in Japan. With a $355 million global box office haul, it also holds the title of highest grossing anime film at the worldwide box office. The live-action adaptation does not yet have a release date.
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