Your Name Anime Getting Live-Action Film Adaptation
J.J. Abrams will produce live-action adaptation of Your Name anime!
Anime Your Name Live-Action Film In Development From J.J. Abrams!
Director, writer, and producer J.J. Abrams is making a live-action adaptation of the popular anime Your Name, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. According to the announcement, Abrams will be joined by an all-star team for the film with Paramount Pictures tapping Eric Heisserer to write the screenplay for Your Name who is best-known for his work on Arrival, for which he nabbed an Oscar nomination. Paramount Pictures will produce the film alongside Bad Robot, a studio run by Abrams, and Lindsey Weber will also oversee the film with Genki Kawamura, the original film’s producer.
If you are not familiar with Your Name, then you should know the film is the most successful anime feature of all-time. The movie made its debut last year in Japan and quickly became an phenomenon as it earned even more money than any of Studio Ghibli’s iconic films. Your Name managed to overcome Spirited Away at the box-office to become the highest-grossing anime feature at the worldwide market, and Paramount Pictures has made a deal with creator Makoto Shinkai to bring the film to life. Shinkai has commented on the newly announced adaptation in a personal statement saying, "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.”
Your Name has no cast yet. The film tells the story of two teenagers who learn they can swap bodies. As the film continues, fans learn the pair are also separated by time and space, but an impending disaster will force the two to work together to prevent a tragedy from occurring. The movie has no released date. However, it is expected to begin production sometime next year for a potential release as early as 2019.