Deadline is exclusively reporting that Lee Isaac Chung has been brought onboard to rewrite and direct the live-action reimagining of Toho’s 2016 Japanese animated film Your Name from Paramount and Bad Robot.
The 2016 anime focuses on Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana, two kids from High School that are complete strangers living separate lives until one day, they suddenly switch bodies. With the bizarre occurrence continuing to happen randomly, the pair begin to adjust their lives around each other and build a connection and communicate by leaving notes and messages. When a comet comes near to passing over the Earth, something shifts and the body swapping stops, leading to Taki trying to seek out Mitsuha, leading to stunning revelations that might force them to be forever separated.
The script was originally written by Eric Heisserer, though Chung will work off the draft written by Emily V. Gordon. It was reported last year that Marc Webb was initially attached to direct the project. The original anime is one of the highest grossing anime films worldwide and proved so successful, J.J Abrams and Paramount moved fast to acquire the rights to adapt back in 2017. Bad Robot’s Abrams will produce the reimagining alongside Genki Kawamura, who produced the original. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan, while Paramount will release in all other territories.
Lee Isaac Chung’s directorial features include Munyurangabo, Lucky Life, Abigail Film and recently Minari, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance Film Festival 2020.