500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb Directs Hollywood Remake of Makoto Shinkai's your name.
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer) is directing the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film. In addition, Deadline also provided a description of the new film's plot:
A young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.
Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions is producing the new film. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot are credited as producers alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film's producer. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird box) is penning the script. Paramount and Bad Robot will work with the original film's producer TOHO, who will distribute the new film in Japan.
Heisserer earlier stated that the Japanese rights holders requested a Westernized take on the source material. "They stated if they wanted a Japanese live-action version, they would just do it themselves," he said. "But they want to see it through the lens of a western viewpoint."
The original 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.