In a little bit of news that will probably be met with a collective groan, the Hollywood Reporter has just revealed that Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams (via his Bad Robot company) are planning to produce a live action adaptation of the successful anime movie Your Name.
According to the announcement, Oscar-nominee Eric Heisserer (Arrival) is in charge of writing the script, with the original anime producer Genki Kawamura serving as producer of the adaptation as well. Toho Co., which was responsible for the original anime, is also on deck for the Hollywood adaptation. Toho will also be in charge of distributing the film in Japan.
“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.”
While J.J. Abrams is an excellent auteur with a really good reputation for producing fan-favorite sci-fi films, it is understandable that many fans of the Your Name anime will be skeptical of this planned adaptation. Not entirely the fault of Abrams or Paramount, but perhaps fans at the moment have very little optimism to spare, having wasted all of it on Netflix’ much-maligned adaptation of the Death Note anime.