As we all know by now, Makoto Shinkai’s hit your name. anime movie is getting a live-action Hollywood adaptation. Renowned American director, JJ Abrams, will be producing the film, with Bird Box’s Eric Heisserer as screenwriter. While there’s still no concrete news on the production, Heisserer recently sat down with website /Film’s Fred Topet to talk about Bird Box, as well as the project.
During the interview, the Bird Box writer admitted it’s a challenge to adapt such a good anime movie. However, as for transitioning from Japanese culture to American, Heisserer said something interesting. As it turns out, it’s the Japanese rights holders who want a “Western Viewpoint”.
“You have to find the best iteration of that story based on the fact that Your Name’s Japanese rights holders want an American live-action version of the film. They stated if they wanted a Japanese live-action version, they would just do it themselves. But they want to see it through the lens of a western viewpoint.”
Of course, like most Hollywood adaptations of anime or manga, the movie would come under intense scrutiny, not just from fans, but also critics. To this, Topet asked Heisserer whether or not Your Name’s Japanese rights holders are feeling any unease radiating from the poor reception the live-action Hollywood version of Ghost in the Shell got from critics and fans. The writer replied:
“Well, I think I was one of 20 or 30 people that pitched them a version of the adaptation. So they had a lot of choices. I can say that mine was not a Ghost in the Shell-like version.”
Heisserer is a huge fan of your name., and it certainly shocked him when he heard the Japanese side’s demands. But whether or not that truly meshes with how Shinkai made the movie into the success that it is, only time will tell. However, with this news, at least we know they’re actually listening to the anime’s creators, unlike a certain Dragon Ball live-action adaptation…
More details about this new live-action Hollywood adaptation will be revealed in the days to come.
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