Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Lee Isaac Chung will direct the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film. Chung will also rewrite the film adaptation’s script based off of a draft from Emily V. Gordon and not the previously penned script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Deadline describes the adaptation’s story: “Two teenagers 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.”
Chung made his directorial debut in 2007 with Munyurangabo, a human drama set in Rwanda and scripted in the Kinyarwanda language, and the film played as an official selection at festivals in Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin. His most recent film, Minari, drew inspiration from his own childhood living in a Korean-American family on an Arkansas farm, and the film garnered the top two U.S. awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Deadline had previously reported in February 2019 that Marc Webb was directing the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film.
Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is producing the new film. Abrams and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot are credited as producers alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film’s producer. Paramount and Bad Robot will work with the original film’s producer TOHO, who will distribute the new film in Japan.