21 Sep – Nearly three years since the live-action "Your Name" remake was first announced, fans finally get another major update on it.
J.J. Abrams ("Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker") is still producing under his Bad Robot Productions banner but now there's a new writer-director onboard to helm the Paramount Pictures movie, as per Deadline's report.
Lee Isaac Chung has been tapped to not only direct the movie but also rewrite the script, based on the draft by Emily V. Gordon. "Arrival" screenwriter Eric Heisserer originally penned the script back when the project started in 2017.
Chung, who grew up on a small farm in Arkansas with his Korean immigrant parents, attended Yale University but left medical school to earn his MFA. He later made his directorial debut with "Munyurangabo", which was well received at its Cannes premiere. His latest work is "Minari", which won Sundance 2020's Grand Jury and Audience Awards.
Chung takes over the directing duty from Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), who was previously announced as director in February last year.
Still onboard to produce the live-action movie alongside Abrams is Genki Kawamura, who also served as producer in the original Japanese animated film it is based on.
Helmed by Makoto Shinkai, the 2016 multi-award winning "Your Name" won over both Japanese and international audiences alike with its unique plot and visual aesthetics. It earned 25.03 billion yen at Japan's box office, making it one of the country's highest-grossing movies of all time. Worldwide, it made USD357.9 million.
The upcoming English-language remake, which is said to be told from a Western perspective rather than Asian, will be distributed by Toho Pictures in Japan and Paramount in other territories.