Bad Robot’s Live-Action Hollywood Adaptation Of Anime Film Your Name Finds A Writer And Director

Your Name gets a new writer and director.

It’s been a few years since Your Name stunned audiences all over the world. As far as anime films go, it received about as much acclaim and mainstream recognition as one could get. It may not have had Studio Ghibli exposure, but it’s about as close as any other filmmaker would get. And it was for good reason. Your Name was a tour de force science fiction romance. It was wholesome, full of heart and comedy, and had plenty of interesting fantasy and sci-fi ideas to appeal to a wide variety of viewers.

It was inevitable that a live-action discussion would follow. And it did. In fact, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot was quick to pick up the film. From there, they hired Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer to pen the script for the film. Well, it sounds like there has been some reworking in the time since then. The Big Sick’s Emily V. Gordon has already reworked the draft from Heisserer, and it even had Marc Webb hop on board as director. Now, it’s set to get another overhaul.

Deadline reports that Lee Isaac Chung will rewrite the script from Gordon and direct the picture. Chung is of Korean descent and his latest film, Minari apparently made positive impressions at Sundance 2020. That film, in particular, followed a Korean family adapting to life in Arkansas. While I haven’t seen the film myself, it does seem like Chung is particularly adept at telling personal stories. With that in mind, he is a great fit for this adaptation.

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While Your Name is a sci-fi (ish) story in nature, it’s all rooted in the personal relationship between a boy and girl who have never met before. As such, I am interested to see what elements he will bring to this story, which clearly has some real momentum at Bad Robot.

In case you missed it, Your Name follows two teenagers, one boy from the city and one girl from the country, who randomly wake up in each other’s bodies. They start leaving each other messages through text and diary entries, laying ground rules so as not to ruin each other’s lives. Inevitably, the duo starts to fall for one another, and thus enters the more romantic angle of the story.

Last we heard, the studio was adapting it so the female character would be Native American. If nothing else, it’s an interesting idea and a clever way to adapt the film for America.

Are you excited to see Lee Isaac Chung take over for Your Name? Sound off down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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