Deadline is reporting that (500) Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has signed on to direct a live-action reimagining of the 2016 Japanese anime feature Your Name for Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot and Toho.
According to the site, the new film is being scripted by Eric Heisserer (Bird Box) and will follow “a young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago who 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.”
“Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version,” said Genki Kawamura, producer on both the original film and the new 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.”
Written and director by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name was released in Japan in 2016 to wide critical acclaim, and was a huge success around the world with $358 million at the global box office.