Paramount Pictures and Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams have announced plans for an American live-action adaptation of writer/director Makoto Shinkai’s blockbuster anime film Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). “Eric Heisserer, who was nominated for an Oscar for penning the script to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi drama Arrival, is on board to write the screenplay for the adaptation.” Abrams will co-produce the film adaptation. A director has not yet been selected. The 2016 body-hopping/time skipping romantic fantasy film is the fourth-highest grossing film of all time in Japan and world’s highest grossing anime film.
“Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium,” said Shinkai in a statement. “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been completely unaware of. I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation.”