Paramount, Toho, and Bad Robot’s reimagining of ‘Your Name’ now has a director. Marc Webb will deliver the American remake of the 2016 Japanese animated romantic fantasy drama film.
Webb’s feature film debut was the romance dramedy ‘500 Days of Summer.’ The aptly named director then went onto to helm both ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ movies, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Those films both got praise for the romantic aspects. Afterwards, he went onto ‘Gifted,’ with Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace.
The screenplay is from Eric Heisserer, who recently did Netflix’s ‘Bird Box,’ starring Sandra Bullock. He is perhaps more recognizable as the writer of another adaptation: ‘Arrival,’ from director Denis Villeneuve. That film was able to get an Academy Award for Sound Editing, amongst seven other nominations, including Best Picture. He also wrote another adaptation, the upcoming ‘Bloodshot’ film from Sony, starring Vin Diesel, which releases February 21, 2020. He will be working with Netflix again for the series ‘Shadow and Bone.’
Moreover, the premise of the remake:
“A young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.”
Further, original producer Genki Kawamura, onboard for the remake, had this to say about the project:
“Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version. As we saw in 500 Days Of Summer, Marc has a tremendous talent for telling great love stories and in the same way moviegoers were captivated by the original film, we are certain Marc will engage fans of the original and an entirely new audience for these characters’ beautiful journey. With J.J. Abrams producing, Eric Heisserer writing and Marc directing, this project officially has the team we dreamed about.”
However, the film does not have cast, production start, or release date yet.