I am not pleased.
Ya know, sometimes I do not enjoy reading movie headlines. Some of them can be aggravating, some of them annoying, some of them that make you go “WHY” in absolute disbelief over the choices made but then there are some that make you go all three at once, even with talent involved. Case in point: As reported by Deadline this evening, Paramount Pictures is looking to adapt Makoto Shinkai’s animated epic Your Name into a live action film with JJ Abrams acting as producer while Arrival writer Eric Heisserer will pen the screenplay. As the article states:
It was the highest-grossing film ever to come out of Japan, earning $355.2M worldwide when it was released last year. It held the top spot for 12 non-consecutive weeks running in the country and also became the highest-grossing Japanese film ever to release in China with $85.6M. Now Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have joined with Japan-based Toho Co. to bring Your Name to worldwide audiences as a live-action feature with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival) on board to script.
In a statement, Shinkai expressed enthusiasm for the remake….
Shinkai, who created the original story, wrote and directed Your Name, says he is looking forward to a live-action version coming out of Hollywood. He said his film was “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.”
…..as did producer Genki Kawamura, who served as a producer on the original film and will help with the remake.
“Just like in the film it feels like a dream” says the film’s original producer Kawamura. “Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. And Mitsuha and Taki have found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi infused love story, which gave the film such drive. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live action version of Your Name.”
I….I need a drink.