It was reported on Deadline, an entertainment news website, that Marc Webb will be directing the live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit anime film Your Name (Kimi no Na wa).
Webb has been responsible for directing films such as The Amazing Spider-Man and 500 Days of Summer. In addition to the announcement, Deadline also provided a description of the movie, showing off some changes from its Japanese counterpart:
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.
The movie is being produced by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions. Lindsey Weber, Genki Kawamura, and J.J. Abrams are credited as producers for the film. Eric Heisserer is in charge of writing the script for the movie. TOHO, the film’s original producer, will work closely with both studios to distribute the film in Japan.
While there are fans who feel that Hollywood shouldn’t touch this instant classic, it may come as a surprise that it was CoMix Wave who requested a Western adaptation of the movie. They went on record last year saying that if they wanted a Japanese live-action version, they would do it themselves but they wanted to see the movie through the lens of a Western viewpoint.
No release timeframe has been given for the film yet nor has there been a cast of actors/actresses announced, either.