If ire at a remake is directly proportional to the popularity of the original property, then anger at the live-action remake of Your Name is going to be big enough to be seen from space.
In a report by Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have chose to collaborate with Japan-based Toho Co.to bring Your Name to worldwide audiences as a live-action feature film. The writer is best-known for his work on Arrival, and Heisserer nabbed an Oscar nomination for the film.
Live-action adaptations of anime seem to be the latest Hollywood trend as Your Name has just been announced to be in development from J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures.
Your Name, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, is one of the most popular anime features ever made.
Name, described as a sci-fi infused love story, centered on a teenage boy and girl from different parts of Japan who discover they can swap bodies.
Shinkai said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium”. Lindsey Weber and the 2016 anime’s producer Genki Kawamura will also produce. “I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation”.
“The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie”, Kawamura says in a statment.
The original film was exec produced by Minami Ichikawa, Keiji Ota, and Yoshihiro Furusawa via Toho and Noritaka Kawaguchi via CoMix Wave Films.
“Your Name” grossed $303 million in Japan and held the top spot at the box office for 12 weeks. Shinkai himself has said that he made Your Name so that young Japanese people could “believe in their futures” – he was heavily influenced by the 2011 natural disaster and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s north-east coast – but certain themes in the film are also universal, like young people’s anxieties about adulthood and falling in love.