Can he recapture the magic of the original film?
The Hollywood version of the beloved anime film Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa), has undergone significant changes in the creative department. Deadline reported that Lee Isaac Chung will be in charge of rewriting and directing the live-action feature film developed by Paramount Pictures Bad Robot JJ Abrams’ company and the Japanese production company Toho. Previously, it had been reported that the project would be in the hands of director Marc Webb (500 days with her), from a script by Eric Heisserer (The Arrival).
What’s The Movie About?
Makoto Shinkai’s original film introduces us to Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school student in the fictional rural area called Itomori, who is unhappy with her monotonous provincial life. One day, she wakes up in the body of a boy from Tokyo’s city, Taki Tachibana, who has the life that she has always dreamed of.
If you haven’t seen this jewel of Japanese animation for some reason, that’s all you need to know to embark on an emotional roller coaster with all the characteristic elements of the filmography of the director of Voices of a Distant Star (2002), 5 centimeters per second (2005) or The Garden of Wordss (2013). An exploration of adolescence, romance and distance, with fantastic elements, extraordinary photorealistic animation, and a memorable soundtrack by the band RADWIMPS.
Written and directed by Shinkai, under the production of his head studio CoMix Wave Films, Your Name opened on August 26, 2016, in Japanese theaters and immediately became a commercial phenomenon, becoming the second film. Top-grossing anime locally with approximately $ 303 million.
Chung will work on his script based on the latest draft written by Emily V. Gordon ( The Big Sick ). JJ Abrams (Bad Robot) and Genki Kawamura (Toho) will command production duties. Toho will handle the film’s distribution in Japan, while Paramount will take care of bringing the feature film to theaters around the world.