Paramount and Bad Robot will develop a live-action version of the Japanese anime “Your Name”
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have acquired the rights to the Japanese animated film “Your Name” and are developing a live-action version, the companies announced Wednesday.
The film, created, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, follows a teenager and a girl from different backgrounds who discover that they can swap bodies. They then race to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop impending doom.
“Your Name” has grossed $355 million worldwide, including $303 million in Japan, where it held the No. 1 spot on the charts for a record 12 non-consecutive weeks.
JJ Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce the film for Bad Robot, along with Genki Kawamura, who produced the original “Your Name.” Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer will helm the screenplay. Toho Co., which produced the original animated film, will distribute the live-action film in Japan.
“We are thrilled to partner with an extremely talented team in Hollywood,” said Yoshishige Shimatani, CEO of Toho Co., in a statement. “And to create a live-action version of the iconic Japanese film ‘Your Name’ with them.”
“Just like in the movie, it feels like a dream,” Genki Kawamura said in the statement. “Mr. Abrams and his team captivated audiences in their masterful reimagining of familiar properties. And Mitsuha and Taki found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi-soaked love story, which gave the film such momentum. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that will no doubt make for a great film. I am so honored to work with these incredible creators to bring the Hollywood version to audiences in live from “Your Name”.
“‘Your Name’ is a film created with the innate imagination of a Japanese team and assembled in a domestic medium,” Shinkai said in the statement. “When work like this is infused with Hollywood cinema, we can see new possibilities that we weren’t aware of – I look forward to the live-action film.”