J.J. Abrams is Remaking Beloved Anime ‘Your Name’ and Fans are Extremely Worried
Paramount Pictures, along with Hollywood director J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, officially announced the plans to create a live-action adaptation of “Your Name”. Anime fans clearly did not like the news thinking it may become another “Death Note” disaster.
Bad Robot Productions and Paramount Pictures made the announcement for the live-action plan of “Your Name” on Wednesday (Sept. 27), according to Variety. On its joint announcement, the two companies said they will be working with the original producers of the hit anime movie, Toho Co., Ltd., who will also take care of film distribution in Japan.
“We are excited to collaborate with an extremely talented team in Hollywood. And to create with them a live-action version of the iconic Japanese film ‘Your Name,’” CEO of Toho Co., Yoshishige Shimatani, said.
Fans still think that a live-action adaptation for “Your Name” is a terrible idea – despite Abrams’ name being tied to several popular franchises like “Star Wars”, “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible”.
Dubbed “The Most Popular Anime of All Time” by The New Yorker, Toho’s “Your Name” was first released in Japan on Aug. 26, 2016, in China on Dec. 2, 2016 and in North America on April 7, 2017. The anime film was created and directed by Makoto Shinkai.
Many critics gave “Your Name” high praises. In fact, the movie received 8.5/10 rating on IMDB, a solid 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with 94% audience score and 79% on Metacritic.
The anime movie also performed well in the box office. It grossed $303 million in Japan alone and managed to hold its top spot position at the box office for 12 consecutive weeks. Not only that but it also became the highest-grossing Japanese animation film to have ever been released in China, which earned $85.6 million.However, despite these accolades, it failed to even be nominated by the Oscars for Best Animated Feature.