J.J. Abrams snagged up the rights to make a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese film Your Name way back in 2017. Since then, however, it’s been radio silence with regards to updates on the project; that is until now.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee Isaac Chung, the director behind Sundance winner Minari, has been tapped to direct the film for Paramount.

The sci-fi-infused love story centers on a teenage boy and girl from different parts of Japan who discover they can swap bodies. They also discover they are separated by time as well as by space, and when an impending space disaster threatens one of their towns, they must find a way to meet and stop it from happening.

In addition to his directorial duties, Chung will handle a rewrite on the screenplay, with prior drafts being filed by Emily V. Gordon (who co-wrote The Big Sick) and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

Abrams will produce via his Bad Robot Productions along with the banner’s Lindsey Weber. Also producing is Genki Kawamura, the producer of the original 2016 film.  Toho Co., which produced the original, will handle the distribution in Japan.

What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to a live-action remake of Your Name? Did you even enjoy the original anime film? Jump down to the comments below and let me and the rest of the movie loving world know your thoughts!


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