A possible travesty, or a blessing in disguise?
Remember that awesome anime film Your Name featuring a boy and a girl who swapped bodies? The one which made Makoto Shinkai, the guy who did the magnificent Voices of a Distant Star, a household name? The one film that became the highest-grossing anime film in existence?
His film’s getting a live-action remake by J.J Abrams, Bad Robot, and Paramount. According to Deadline, the remake also hooked itself a director: Marc Webb of 500 Days of Summer and the Amazing Spider-Man films. Eric Heisserer, the writer of Arrival and Bird Box, is doing the script.
Here’s the synopsis of the live-action adaptation and how it’ll be changed up.
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.
As to why they hand-picked Marc Webb, producer Genki Kawamura had this to say:
“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.”
Personally, Marc Webb would be a great pick. Sure, Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 were shitty superhero films that tainted the Spider-Man brand, but their one saving grace was the chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. And 500 Days of Summer was a darn good romantic comedy-drama film that showcased the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.
Oh yeah, and he directed the first episode and second season premiere of Crazy-Ex Girlfriend; those two episode were pretty ace in getting the ball rolling for that Rachel Bloom vehicle. Anime fans may be worried about the whole film and how it’ll look, but rest assured that at least the relationship between the adaptation’s protagonists (the US versions of Taki and Mitsuha) will at least be in good hands.