Japanese anime hit Your Name to get a live-action remake by J.J. Abrams

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The 2016 movie Your Name is the world’s highest-grossing anime at $355 million, displacing Hayao Miyazaki’s fabulous Spirited Away, which earned $289 million. It’s received multiple awards and critical acclaim. And now it’s about to receive a live-action makeover by J.J. Abrams.

According to Variety, Abrams and Bad Robot’s Lindsey Weber will be producing Your Name, along with the film’s original producer, Genki Kawamura. Better yet, the screenplay will be written by Eric Heisserer, who won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Arrival.

Currently, Your Name has no director. Abrams will clearly be too busy to take the role himself; as we know, he will be helming the upcoming Star Wars IX.

Your Name is the tale of a boy and a girl who suddenly swap bodies. As we see in Funimation’s English-dubbed trailer, below, they begin to inhabit each other’s lives without knowing much about each other—including their names.

But, there’s more to this story than humorous body-swapping antics. As Variety notes, “They become desperate to cross space and time to find a way to meet and stop an impending disaster.”

The anime version of Your Name had a limited US release this April. Let us know in the comments if you’ve seen it—and what you think about the film. Keep it spoiler-free, of course. 

Via Variety.