J.J. Abrams is delving into the world of anime. Well, delving out, you could say. His company, Bad Robot, has won the rights to the animated Japanese mega-hit, Your Name. He and his production partner Lindsey Weber plan to make a live-action version of Your Name along with Genki Kawamura, producer of the original film.
The original film, written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, came out in 2016 (premiering at L.A.’s Anime Expo) and shattered Japanese box office records. It was based on Shinkai’s novel by the same name, which came out just one month before the film premiered. According to the announcement from Variety, the new script will be written by academy award nominated screen writer, Eric Heisserer (Arrival).
Unfortunately, the original isn’t available for streaming in the U.S. But, you can buy it on Amazon.com if you just can’t stand to wait.
Here’s the trailer with english subtitles.
YOUR NAME tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies. They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.