Marc Webb has signed on to direct a remake of the 2016 animated film Your Name. Paramount and Bad Robot are the studios behind the project, having acquired the rights from Japanese company, Toho. It is being described as a “reimagined version” as opposed to a remake.
Eric Heisserer (Arrival) is writing the screenplay, which will now follow a young Native American woman living in a rural area, and a young man from Chicago who discover they are magically swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds. J.J. Abrams of Bad Robot will produce alongside Genki Kawamura, who produced the original film.
An English-language remake was always on the cards, as Your Name was a huge hit upon a release in 2016. Webb has experience directing big-budget projects such as The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as a romcom in (500) Days Of Summer, so he’s a good fit for the project.
Kawamura said of Webb: “Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version. […] 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”.