Deadline is exclusively reporting that director Lee Isaac Chung has departed the live-action reimagining of Toho’s 2016 Japanese animated film Your Name, with sources indicating that it is due to scheduling conflicts.
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 report states that insiders claim that Paramount are now acting fast to find Chung’s replacement, and have already reached out to several potential suitors. Lee Isaac Chung was attached to the project back in September last year, after his drama feature Minari won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and the awards season momentum would lead to him earning two Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
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.