Carlos López Estrada, who in just the last four years has directed acclaimed films Raya And The Last Dragon, Blindspotting, and Summertime, has now secured his next directing gig. He will helm the live-action remake of 2016 Japanese anime Your Name.
The original film, directed by Makoto Shinkai, follows a boy and a girl in high school who suddenly find themselves switching bodies for an unclear reason. The film follows the pair as they try to unravel the mysteries behind what is causing their Freaky Friday-esque problem, all while trying to save themselves from an impending disaster that threatens to upend their lives.
The film became an instant hit in Japan upon its release, grossing over $230 million across the country and being deemed an instant anime classic. Reportedly, Lopez Estrada’s version will have a similar plot but is being viewed as a re-imagining. He is also writing the screenplay, while J.J. Abrams is producing for Bad Robot.
A Your Name remake was initially in development with screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box), but he has now exited the project.
Lopez Estrada is the third director to come aboard, as Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) were previously attached at separate times, before eventually stepping away.
Hopefully the Your Name remake has more luck with Lopez Estrada on board. But this isn’t the only high profile project he has in the works, as he’s also currently developing the live-action version of animated Disney classic Robin Hood. He’s proven over the last few years that he can pump out films fast, but right now it’s unclear which project is slated to arrive first.