Deadline is exclusively reporting that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have brought on board Marc Webb to direct the live-action reimagining of Toho’s 2016 Japanese animated film Your Name.
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.
In the upcoming reimagining, the story is set to focus on a young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago discover the are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.
Genki Kawamura released a statement saying:
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.
J. J Abrams and Lindsey Weber will serve as producers under the Bad Robot banner alongside original producer Genki Kawamura, while Lindsey Weber will serve as an executive producer on the project. Toho will handle distribution of the reimagining in Japan whilst Paramount will distribute in all other territories.