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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The world of anime is interesting and varied. A few of us here at LRM Online are quite the enthusiasts of the medium and we know there is no shortage of great material to prove on to adapt for U.S. audiences in live-action form. One such film that’s getting such a treatment is Your Name, the Makoto Shinkai-helmed sci-fi romance that took the world by storm a couple years back.

Spearheading the adaptation are Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho, with Eric Heisserer (Arrival) penning the script. Now it looks like the studios have locked down an interesting choice to direct the live-action U.S.-based version of the movie. Deadline is reporting that 500 Days of Summer‘s Marc Webb will be lending his talents to Your Name.

“Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version,” producer Genki Kawamura said in a statement. “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.”

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That’s not all that was shared. Deadline even shared a synopsis for the film, and the cool thing is that it looks like it will be starring a Native American woman, and if you know the nature of the story, I’m sure a sort of mysticism aspect will be brought in, which is pretty cool. Here’s how they describe the premise.

“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.”

While I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about them adapting this for the U.S., this does seem to be an interesting take. I like the fact they are going with a Native American co-lead, but I also wonder if they’ll have an Asian-American play the male lead who is based in Chicago. We’ll have to wait and see, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Regardless, I’m pretty stoked, as this is a great idea to adapt for live-action.

In terms of Webb, his experience in romance is a huge plus here, as is his work on The Amazing Spider-Man. Those who know the source material know that this film is an interesting cross between fantasy and romance, so his experience with both will be key in making this movie work.

What do you think of the synopsis and director? I’m already sold. When’s this bad boy coming out?

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. 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.