Kimi No Nawa Poster

Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name), is one of the top grossing anime movies to come out of Japan and rightfully so. It as a great and engaging story and gorgeous animation. So it isn’t a surprise that eventually, a live-action remake would come calling.

Which is what seems to have happened except it isn’t the Japanese movie industry who has made a move (Japanese AV doesn’t count), but Hollywood instead.

That’s right, Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) is going to get the Hollywood treatment and it’s going to be done by none other than J.J Abrams, or at least, his own production studio, Bad Robot.

Together with Paramount Pictures, they have won the rights to remake the hit anime movie into a live-feature and will be working together with Toho, which produced the original anime movie.

While no concrete details on who is involved in the project has surfaced, what we know from the Screen Rant report is that J.J Abrams himself and Lindesy Weber will be producing the movie together with the original anime produced, Genki Kawamura.

Also, the screenwriter in charge of adapting the original script into a live-action treatment will be Arrival’s Oscar-winning Eric Heisserer.

As many of you all know, anime adaptations have not had a good history in Hollywood including this year’s Ghost in the Shellso many fans will likely take this news with little enthusiasm.

However, considering the calibre of people involved so far (J.J Abrams, Eric Heisserer), we’re thinking that MAYBE Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) could possibly be in good hands.

Even Shinkai himself seems positive saying, “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 that we had been completely unaware of — I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation.”

Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint us like so many other anime live-action adaptations have.