From the Director of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'
28 Sep 2017 - 11:57 AM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2017 - 11:57 AM

Makoto Shinkai’s body-swap romantic comedy anime film Your Name is being adapted into a Hollywood live-action film.

According to Variety, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ studio Bad Robot announced on Wednesday that they had won the rights to the film and would be developing it into a Hollywood blockbuster. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Beyond, 10 Cloverfield Lane) will direct the project with a screenplay written by  Arrival’s Academy Award nominated Eric Heisserer.

A Producer on the original Shinkai film, Genki Kawamura, will co-produce the live-action adaptation.

“The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie,” Kawamura told Variety. “I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live-action version of Your Name.”

This announcement isn’t surprising given the incredible success of Makoto Shinkai’s latest. The film reportedly earned $US281 million worldwide before airing in the United States, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away as the highest grossing anime film.

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