Your Name: Paramount And Bad Robot Developing Live-Action Adaptation Of Japanese Anime

Deadline and Variety are reporting that Paramount Pictures and J.J Abrams’ Bad Robot have acquired the rights to adapt Japanese animated film Your Name into a live-action feature.


Your Name tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover that they can swap bodies with each other. The two become desperate to cross space and time and find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster. Your Name was created, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.


The two companies made the announcement on Wednesday that they’ll be partnering with Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd. (who produced the original animated film) to develop the live-action adaptation on the story, with Toho handling distribution of the film in Japan.


CEO of Toho Co., Yoshishige Shimatani said:

We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood and to create with them a live-action version of the iconic Japanese film ‘Your Name.’


Producer of the original film, Genki Kawamura said:

Just like in the film it feels like a dream. Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. And Mitsuha and Taki have found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi infused love story, which gave the film such drive. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live-action version of Your Name.


J. J Abrams and Lindsey Weber will serve as producers under the Bad Robot banner alongside original producer Genki Kawamura, while Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Arrival, is now attached to adapt the screenplay for Your Name.


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