There’s already a bit of brouhaha about this update, but word has it from Deadline on Thursday that Marc Webb (500 Days Of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man films) will be behind directing duties for a live-action adaptation of Shinkai Makoto’s star-crossed romantic fantasy adventure Your Name.
I haven’t seen the original anime from 2016 (I want to and actually hope to soon as possible), but I’m keen on the kind of harrowing love story that Webb may be able to achieve here with a plot that centers on two distant high schoolers who are drawn closer while mysteriously switching bodies ahead of a disastrous event. Screenwriter Eric Heiserrer (Arrival) is penning Webb’s vision that centers instead on a young Native American woman living in a rural area, and a young man from Chicago.
Instantly, grievances behind Americanizing a beloved Japanese property that’s gotten rave reviews take center stage, which is completely understandable considering the current environment in the film industry on matters of inclusivity. That being said, we don’t know who’s been cast or what will happen just yet, but for what it’s worth, Kawamura Genki who produced the 2016 animated movie, is sharing some optimism here.
Kawamura is also on board to produce with Lindsey Weber exec producing. Paramount is taking on the film’s wide release outsid of Toho’s domain in Japan.
Sans the Japan setting, here’s a taste of what’s to come.