J.J. Abrams wins the right to ruin highly-praised Japanese animated film, ‘Your Name’

Your Name is an animated Japanese film from 2016, and it currently is fourth on the list of highest-grossing movies of all-time in Japan and has a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Just over a year later, plans for a live-action American version are underway after J.J. AbramsBad Robot and Paramount Pictures won the rights to adapt the film.

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have won the rights to adapt the blockbuster Japanese animated movie “Your Name.” The two companies announced Wednesday that they will work with Japan-based Toho Co., Ltd., the producers of the original animated film, to develop a live-action take on the story. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan.

Also, uh, you may not want to read the source article’s description of the movie as it includes something like a spoiler you might not want to know beforehand.

The Japanese film was created, written, and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It tells the story of a teenage boy and girl from different backgrounds who discover they can swap bodies.

Anyway, I hate to be so cynical about this, but not only is it a live-action adaptation of an anime, but it’s going to be done by Hollywood. Historically, that’s been a double-whammy of fail, but if they can get this right, it definitely has a lot of potential.

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