It’s that time again fellow anime fans, Hollywood has gotten their hands on yet another beloved anime property to turn into a live action movie. On September 27 The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams have teamed up to adapt the 2016 anime blockbuster Your Name (Kimi no Na wa). Attached to write the screenplay for the live action adaptation of the animated film is Eric Heisserer, who received an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2016 sci-fi drama Arrival. The Hollywood production of Your Name will be handled by Paramount Pictures, and Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, alongside the film’s original producers.
Makoto Shinkai, who wrote and directed the smash hit, seems enthusiastic about the Hollywood adaptation of his film stating: “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.”
Unlike Shinkai many fans of the movie seem to be less than enthused about its Hollywood adaptation and have taken to various message boards and social media sites to voice their concerns. Some have pointed out that the original film relies heavily on Japanese mysticism and culture, and that its sense of style might get lost in translation in an adaptation. Others have also pointed out that one of the most enjoyable aspects of the film is its gorgeously animated setting. So much so that in partnership with Destination Canada Shinkai (and CoMix Wave, the studio behind Your Name) created a short animated advertisement marketing Canada as a winter vacation destination to those in Japan. Finally, what really has fans worried are the all too recent reminders of poor Western live-action adaptations of anime classics like Ghost in the Shell, and Death Note. Both of these adaptations were panned by critics and fans alike, leaving many worried that the currently beloved Your Name could meet the same fate.
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