The Live-Action Remake of The Hit Anime YOUR NAME Will Be Helmed By AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Director Marc Webb
Last year it was announced that the hit anime Your Name would get a live action adaptation thanks to producer J.J. Abrams. The project is ready to move forward as Toho, Paramount Pictures, and Bad Robot have hired Marc Webb to direct the film.
Marc Webb got his big break with an incredibly wonderful film called (500) Days of Summer and he followed that up with The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. I like Webb as a director and I actually think that this live-action adaptation of Your Name is the perfect project for him to take on.
The screenplay will be written by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the script for Arrival and the original story follows two teenagers named Mitsuha and Taki who are complete strangers living separate lives until they suddenly switch places. "Mitsuha wakes up in Taki's body, and he in hers. This occurrence happens randomly, and they must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet. But something stronger than distance may keep them apart."
This reimagined version of the film is said to focus on 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 producer of the original film Genki Kawamura, will also produce this one and this is what he had to say in a statement:
“Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version. As we saw in 500 Days Of Summer, Marc has a tremendous talent for telling great love stories and in the same way moviegoers were captivated by the original film, we are certain Marc will engage fans of the original and an entirely new audience for these characters’ beautiful journey. With J.J. Abrams producing, Eric Heisserer writing and Marc directing, this project officially has the team we dreamed about.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this movie turns out, but I trust that Webb is going to deliver a solid movie that audiences will enjoy.
What do you think about Webb directing Your Name?