It was revealed by Variety that the Hollywood live-action adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name will no longer be directed by Marc Webb. Carlos López Estrada will instead take his place as the new director.
Carlos is currently rewriting the script for the film, which was previously written by the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer.
The adaptation will be coproduced by the producer of the original film, Genki Kawamura, along with J.J. Abrams, Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen.
The film will be released by the original producer Toho in Japan, with Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions teaming up for worldwide release.
The film will be about a young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago who discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies.
Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated romantic fantasy film produced by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho. It depicts a high school boy in Tokyo and a high school girl in the Japanese countryside who suddenly and inexplicably begin to swap bodies. The film was commissioned in 2014, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai.
A light novel of the same name, also written by Shinkai, was published a month prior to the film’s premiere.
Your Name premiered at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 3, 2016, and was theatrically released in Japan on Aug 26, 2016, and in the United States on April 7, 2017. The film was critically acclaimed, with praise for the animation, music, visuals, and emotional weight.
The film won Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 49th Sitges Film Festival, and as the 71st Mainichi Film Awards, and nominated for Best Animation of the Year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize.