Your Name (or Kimi no Nawa) is considered by many to be one of the finest anime films ever made, managing to balance comedy, romance, drama, and time travel in a nice, entertaining package. This is why many are skeptical over the upcoming live-action remake from Hollywood, even with J.J. Abrams in the producer’s chair. Now, we know who will be directing the live-action remake and it’s also going to get a mixed reaction.
From geeks at least.
Deadline has announced that Marc Webb from The Amazing Spider-Man will be directing this anime adaptation. This is going to freak some people out but remember, he did also direct 500 Days of Summer, which was a very good romantic comedy. Hell, the best part about both Amazing Spider-Man movies was the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, so this is actually a decent choice.
Here’s what original Your Name producer Genki Kawamura had to say about choosing Webb:
“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.”
In this reimagined version of Your Name, 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.
Your Name has no release date. The original anime film can be purchased on Blu-Ray and digital services.