The Live-Action Remake of ‘Your Name’ Finds a New Director in Lee Isaac Chung

The reimagined adaptation of the hit anime film is getting closer to the starting line.


Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho have been trying to get this one off the ground for a while. The original script was written by Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer, and Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) was set to direct the adaptation before fading out. Now it seems like Korean American director Lee Isaac Chung will be directing after rethinking the script off the draft by Emily V. Gordon (CrashingLittle America).


Chung debuted Munyurangabo at Cannes in 2007 to great acclaim, and his latest film, Minari, won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at Sundance 2020.


Bad Robot and J.J. Abrams, who is a big fan of the original film, grabbed the rights back in 2017 as fast as they could. The anime pic, which was directed by Makoto Shinkai, follows two high school students who suddenly and inexplicably begin to swap bodies. It grossed over $303 million in Japan alone.


Abrams will produce along with Genki Kawamura, who produced the original. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan, and Paramount will manage other territories.