Yoho’s Your Name is one of the most successful films in the history of Japanese cinema. The animated romantic fantasy currently sits as the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and touts an extremely large following. As first reported by Deadline, filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung is officially on-board to re-write and direct the highly anticipated live-action remake of the film in the works at Bad Robot Productions.
Bad Robot’s chairman and CEO J.J. Abrams is producing the upcoming remake with Paramount Pictures handling distribution. Chung takes over the director role from the previously attached Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man). Moreover, Chung will rework the film’s script written by Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick). However, the anticipated picture was originally penned by Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer.
Your Name tells the story of a high school boy in Tokyo and a high school girl in a rural town, who inexplicably begin to swap bodies. The film star Ryunosuke Kamiki and Mone Kamishiraishi and has earned over $357.9 million at the worldwide box office. When an impending disaster threatened to destroy everything, they must team-up to save the world.
Lee Isaac Chung’s debut feature film, Munyurangabo (2007) is the first narrative movie ever made in the Kinyarwanda language. The filmmaker has been honored with Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominations. His work has also been displayed at a bevy of film festivals all over Asia. Up next, Chung will write, direct, and produce the upcoming drama Minari starring The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun.
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