Fans aren’t overly happy about Hollywood’s plans to adapt Your Name into a blockbuster live-action film.
Last week, Paramount Pictures announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams would direct an adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s body-swap romantic comedy anime film, Your Name. After the news broke, fans began expressing their concern.
“Please let us Asians handle our own live action films and have Hollywood stay....away from ruining another masterpiece like they did with Death Note and Ghost in the Shell. Seriously!” one Facebook comment said.
"The world will get blinded by white washed movies! Seriously, Otakus should protest against this! The art is going to get ruined again just like they did to Death Note!!!," another Facebook comment said.
Based on recent adaptations of classic anime, including Rupert Sanders’ take on the dystopian sci-fi anime Ghost in the Shell and Netflix’s Death Note, which both significantly flopped, fans are worried.
Many suspect the adaptation to whitewash its leads, Mitsuha and Taki, and remove the iconic Japanese setting.
"Please be good, please be good, I'll cry if it ain't 'cos this movie is life," said another Facebook comment.
The Producer from the original Shinkai film, Genki Kawamura, is co-producing the live-action project.
If you haven’t seen Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, check it out alongside the second volume in the manga adaptation illustrated by Kotone Ranmaru.
A number of live-action adaptations of popular anime are in the works in Hollywood, from a Cowboy Bebop and One Piece TV series, to a Naruto feature film by the Directors of Red, and potentially, a two-part film series on Akira.
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