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Makoto Shinkai's your name. Film Gets Live-Action Hollywood Adaptation

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot to produce, Arrival's Eric Heisserer pens script

Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions are producing a live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot will produce the film alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film's producer. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Final Destination 5) is penning the script. Paramount and Bad Robot will work with original producer TOHO, who will distribute the film in Japan.

Regarding the new film, Shinkai said, "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."

Kawamura said in a statement, "Until I met with the people from Bad Robot, I thought this was just a dream, but it seems it's the real thing now. I can't think of a better team to bring your name. to a rebirth than J. J. Abrams and his team. And Arrival, which Eric Heisserer wrote, was one of the most moving sci-fi films I've seen in recent years. I believe that Eric will depict the climax of your name., which mixes science fiction and a love story, in the best possible way."

The film centers on Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo who works part-time at a restaurant, and Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a town in rural Japan who wants to live in the city. One day, they begin switching bodies every time they sleep, and have to find a way to communicate with each other to manage each other's lives. Later, when they try to meet up physically for the first time, Taki discovers a secret that will lead to a race against time to try and save each other.

The original film opened in Japan in August 2016, and has become the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film.

The film opened in 92 countries and territories, and earned box-office achievements in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan, in addition to Japan. Funimation Films screened the film in North America, and it has earned an estimated US$5,017,246 in the United States and Canada as of July 27. Box Office Mojo estimates the film's worldwide total at US$355,298,270 as of July 27.

Source: Cinema Today, The Hollywood Reporter (Borys Kit)

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