The Your Name Remake Just Landed A Spider-Man Director

An image from the original Your Name (Image: Funimation)

Marc Webb, director of two Amazing Spider-Man movies as well as the whimsical 500 Days of Summer, has been hired by J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Paramount to direct the live-action remake of Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece, Your Name.

Deadline broke the news and also provided a few details on how the anime is being changed for English speaking audiences:

In this reimagined version, a young Native American woman living in a rural area and a young man from Chicago discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.

Eric Heisserer, writer of Arrival and Bird Box, is writing the script.

“Marc was our first choice to direct this refashioned interpretation of the film from the moment we explored creating an American version,” producer Genki Kawamura told Deadline.

“As we saw in 500 Days Of Summer, Marc has a tremendous talent for telling great love stories and in the same way moviegoers were captivated by the original film, we are certain Marc will engage fans of the original and an entirely new audience for these characters’ beautiful journey. With J.J. Abrams producing, Eric Heisserer writing and Marc directing, this project officially has the team we dreamed about.”


    Lol the story is exactly like what I predicted. The guy living in modern city America and the girl in small town.

      It doesn't say small town. Rural could be on a farm or Tribal land also.
      I figured they'd go the Native American route. Not much mysticism in American culture unless you go voodoo. That would be a darker film, though.

        Make the girl's father a mayor who wants to bring a casino to town to bring in the tourist dollar, and you get the conflict between daughter and father.

    Sounds even worse then what Netflix did with Death Note.

    I rank Webb somewhere in the top six of Spiderman directors of the 21st century.

    It's a shame it didn't land an actual reason to exist.

    The original film is brilliant, stunningly well made and it isn't even three years old yet, why can't Hollywood just leave it alone and allow it to exist without being copied by people that clearly don't get it?

      It's quite circular, but if they got it, they wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot barge pole. It's only because they don't get it that they are attempting to cash in on the remake bs.

    When you think about it (too much) the premise of the comet plotline doesn't make sense. For the comet splinter to surprisingly break off before anyone on Earth could see it, the comet would need to be passing within hundreds of kilometres (if not *tens*). And if a comet was coming that close to Earth we would be watching Deep Impact/Armageddon, not Your Name.

    “The Your Name Remake Just Landed Some Guy as a Director”

    I feel that this would be much fairer on Marc Webb, because he should join the rest of us in pretending those movies didn’t happen.

    The film doesnae need a live action remake! Just let it be!

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