Toho, Paramount, and Bad Robot have finally found a director for their reimagined version of the 2016 animated romantic fantasy drama Your Name, that quickly became a classic in Japan.
According to Deadline, the studio has tapped The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb to helm the feature. The film will be written by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the critically-acclaimed 2016 film Arrival.
Paramount and Bad Robot acquired the remake rights from Toho, its partner on the new film. J.J. Abrams will produce along with Genki Kawamura, who produced the original film, which Lindsey Weber will serve as an executive producer on the project.
Kawamura expressed his excitement for Webb and the film.
“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, 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.”
Webb is best known for directing the first reboot of Spider-Man films The Amazing Spider-Man and the sequel, which grossed a worldwide total of $1.6 billion at the box office. Webb also directed 500 Days of Summer and Gifted.
Your Name does not have a release date as of now.