New Director Chosen for Live-Action ‘Your Name’ Movie, Produced by J.J. Abrams

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The planned live-action adaptation of hit anime film Your Name has a new director attached.

In 2009 it was announced that the J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation would be directed by Marc Webb, known for The Amazing Spider-Man and (500) Days of Summer. Well, as reported by Deadline, there’s been a big change-up. On board to direct now is Lee Isaac Chung, whose previous credits include acclaimed small-scale dramas Manyurangabo and yet-to-be-released Sundance winner Minari. Chung will also be re-writing the screenplay, which originally came from Arrival and Bird Box scribe Eric Heisserer, with a draft penned by Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick).

It’s quite the get for Chung, who will be potentially moving into a much bigger spotlight if all goes well here. The film is being produced under Abrams’ Bad Robots production company, with Paramount Pictures attached to distribute worldwide and Toho – the original film’s Japanese distributor – again distributing in Japan.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker/animator/manga artist Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimetres Per Second, Weathering with You), 2016’s Your Name told the story of two teenagers, a boy and girl, who discover they are magically linked and experience their bodies being intermittently swapped. It was a huge hit, receiving wide praise and earning over $US303 million worldwide – making it the highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film of all time.