The director López Estrada, will sign Remake of ‘Your Name’
Carlos López Estrada, director of Raya and the Last Dragon, has signed on to direct and rewrite Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho’s adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name! The recent surge of huge action anime that have become some of the most successful feature film releases of all time has changed the perception that anime could never dominate the box office. Your Name is one of the more surprising examples of this; the film was a smash hit in other countries, prompting Paramount to collaborate with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions on a remake of the picture for the American market.
Throughout its development over the past five years, the new Your Name film has gone through several different directors and incarnations, with names like Marc Webb and Lee Isaac Chung signing as directors before leaving the project. According to Variety, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer has engaged Carlos López Estrada to rewrite and direct his original screenplay (Arrival, Bird Box). The movie has been in the works for a while, but this could be the catalyst that finally gets it made.
Details About the Upcoming Live-Action American Remake of “Your Name”
While few specifics have been revealed about the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Your Name manga, Variety has reported it that it will feature: “Magically and intermittently, two teens find they are exchanging bodies. Due to a catastrophic event, they are forced to undertake a journey to each other’s planets to save them.” And that, in turn, sounds like Makoto Shinkai’s enormously successful animated original, so it doesn’t seem like too much of a departure right now.
Because production on the new American live-action adaptation is still in its infancy, there is currently no release date for the picture. The 2016 film Your Name is now streaming on Crunchyroll and many other platforms if you’re interested in seeing what all the commotion is about.