J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Japan-based Toho Co. will adapt Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 Japanese anime hit “Your Name” into a live-action feature for Paramount Pictures., adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”).
“Your Name,” which drew Oscar buzz last year when the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named it the year’s best animated film, tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.
“There’s still more to gawk at in any single frame of this film than there is in the entirety of ‘Frozen,’ wrote IndieWire’s David Ehrlich in his ‘B’ review last December. “And ‘Your Name’ only gets more beautiful as it grows more grandiose, as every lonely train ride and periwinkle sunset glistens with the bittersweet glow of regret.”
“Your Name” is the highest-grossing anime film in history, earning $355 million worldwide, $303 million of which came from Japan, where it was #1 for 12 straight weeks.
Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce for Bad Robot, along with Genki Kawamura, producer of the original film. will write the screenplay. The original film was produced by Kawamura with Minami Ichikawa, Keiji Ota, and Yoshihiro Furusawa.
Said Kawamura: “Just like in the film, it feels like a dream.”