Makoto Shinkai’s “Kimi No Na Wa” or “Your Name” is one of the highest-grossing Japanese films in history, passing Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away.” After becoming such a huge commercial success, it is no wonder that the anime film is getting a live-action Hollywood remake.

The low-budget Shinkai film was only released in August of last year, but quickly garnered praises domestically and eventually received success with international audiences as well. The central ideas of fate and destiny have successfully caught the hearts of the film’s audiences.


“Your Name” follows Miyamizu Mitsuha, a teenage girl who lives in the rural village of Itomori, and Tachibana Taki, a teenage boy who lives in Tokyo. The two begin swapping bodies unexpectedly after the appearance of a passing comet.

Mitsuha and Taki fumble through each other’s lives with a mixture of challenges and fascination. The two only communicate through text messages and when the body swaps stopped happening, Taki travels to Itomori to look for her and that’s when the film really gets interesting.

Live-action details

The popular anime film is about to receive a Hollywood treatment. It has been reported that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions have acquired the rights to a live-action film adaptation and has already begun work.

J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot will be producing the film, along with “Your Name” original producer, Genki Kawamura. The script will be written by the Oscar-nominated Eric Heisserer, known for the film “Arrival.”

In a statement that was released by the Japanese film distributor, Toho Co., Shinkai explained that “Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium.


When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities we had been completely unaware of.”

So far, there aren’t many details regarding the upcoming live-action film. No casting or release date has been announced yet either, but Toho Co. will be handling the film distribution in Japan.

Worried fans

Despite the exciting news and the anticipation of Shinkai himself, many “Your Name” fans received the news with very little enthusiasm. After the bad adaptations of “Ghost in the Shell” and the recent Netflix’s “Death Note,” fans are unsure if the Hollywood remake will do justice for the anime film.

Fans are greatly worried that the film won’t be shot in Japan, as the locational setting of the film is one of the strengths of “Your Name.” The locations also had a huge influence on Mitsuha and Taki and the other characters.

The Japanese culture also plays a huge role in the film, especially in Mitsuha’s village, family, and the overall story.


Beyond all that, fans are hoping that the production won’t ruin the source material, like what was done with “Death Note”.

According to Deadline, Genki Kawamura has reassured that the meetings so far are filled with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. Fans can only hope for the best for now.