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JJ Abrams and Paramount Pictures team up for a live action movie of "Your Name"

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Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams are teaming up to adapt Your Name, an anime film that is one of the biggest hits of all time in Japan.

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, which will be live action.

Abrams will produce via his Bad Robot banner along with the banner’s Lindsey Weber. Also producing is Genki Kawamura, the producer of the original 2016 film.

Name, described as a sci-fi infused love story, centered 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 space, and when an impending space disaster threatens one of their towns, they must find a way to meet and stop it from happening.

Makoto Shinkai wrote and directed the movie that became the fourth-highest grossing film of all time in Japan and the highest grossing anime film at the worldwide box office, earning $355 million. It was also nominated for best animated movie of the year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize.

"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.”

Paramount and Bad Robot will work with Toho Co., which produced the original, on the development of the project. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan.

The original film was exec produced by Minami Ichikawa, Keiji Ota, and Yoshihiro Furusawa via Toho and Noritaka Kawaguchi via CoMix Wave Films.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...ve-story-your-name-1043907?utm_source=twitter
 

Finaj

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I mean, half of the greatness of Your Name is the breathtaking animation. The story is great, but setting it in live-action does diminish the attractiveness.
 

orochi91

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I really need to watch Your Name, lol

All the hype surrounding it has been such a turn-off, since I'll now be going in expecting a masterpiece or something.

I hope it delivers~~~
 

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I'm going to assume that this'll be a completely different movie that probably only takes the concept of there being two people who swap bodies that fall in love and changes everything else. Trying to make the animated film live action would be impossible.
And that on its own isn't that original of a concept, so I don't see why they're tying to tie it to Your Name in the first place. It did well, but not enough such that it'll give it stronger brand recognition.
Plus I doubt it'll come anywhere near close to how great the animated film was, but that's a given.
So all in all, I'm very confused by this announcement.
 

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Maybe an unpopular opinion but speaking from a brand and making money point of view this seems do able as a live action movie. (More so than say Akira)

Just because they can does not mean they should though and seeing how it's paramount I have very little faith in them
 

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I gotta give them credit for doing this after Ghost In The Shell tanked. That takes some real guts. Movie's gonna be a disaster BTW, live-action anime adaptations just don't really work.
 

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I'm going to assume that this'll be a completely different movie that probably only takes the concept of there being two people who swap bodies that fall in love and changes everything else. Trying to make the animated film live action would be impossible.
And that on its own isn't that original of a concept, so I don't see why they're tying to tie it to Your Name in the first place. It did well, but not enough such that it'll give it stronger brand recognition.
Plus I doubt it'll come anywhere near close to how great the animated film was, but that's a given.
So all in all, I'm very confused by this announcement.

That's what I'm thinking. Hopefully they adapt some of the concepts and that's it. That's really the only way you can get any anime to work as live action.
 

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And that on its own isn't that original of a concept, so I don't see why they're tying to tie it to Your Name in the first place. It did well, but not enough such that it'll give it stronger brand recognition.

I would imagine "Paramount stole Your Name and called it something else" is a sentence they don't want to hear.
 

KojiKnight

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I gotta give them credit for doing this after Ghost In The Shell tanked. That takes some real guts. Movie's gonna be a disaster BTW, live-action anime adaptations just don't really work.

This movie will cost a fraction of Ghost in the Shell to make even if they film it in person in Japan.
 

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Yeah no. We don't need this. Though I mean it would not be hard to adapt really, it just doesn't NEED to be adapted.

I'll just stick with my 4k copy of the original.