Get ready commenters! We have news of another live action adaptation, and this time it’s by Hollywood!!
Makoto Shinkai‘s massively successful anime film Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) will be adapted into a live action film by Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions. Toho Co., Ltd., the original producers of the animated film, will be working with the two companies to develop the live action film along with handling the distribution in Japan.
Eric Heisserer (screenwriter for Arrival) will be in charge of penning the screenplay for the adaptation. Furthermore, producers for this project includes J.J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber, and Genki Kawamura.
Kawamura was a producer in the original 2016 anime film and had this to say about the Hollywood adaptation:
Just like in the film it feels like a dream, 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.’
Creator, writer, and director Shinkai also chimed in with his excitement for the upcoming development for his anime film:
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.
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Your Name had great success and a major impact in Japan, but how do you think the film will be received in the U.S? Are you happy about the news? Dream casting? Future controversies?