Variety is exclusively reporting that Carlos López Estrada has been brought onboard the live-action remake of the 2016 Japanese animated film Your Name by Paramount and Bad Robot to rewrite the script and direct.
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 original anime is one of the highest grossing anime films worldwide, obtaining over $357m at the worldwide box office. Paramount and Bad Robot have been trying to develop a live-action remake of Your Name. after acquiring the rights to do so back in 2017. They’ve had a few directors attached to the project, such as Marc Webb and Lee Isaac Chung, but now the project is back on track again with Carlos López Estrada attached, whose previous directorial credits include Blindspotting and Raya the Last Dragon.
López Estrada will be rewriting the script, which was initially written by Eric Heisserer. J.J. Abrams will be producing alongside Hannah Minghella, Jon Cohen and Genki Kawamura, who produced the original. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan, whilst Paramount will release the film in the U.S and other international territories.