Oscar nominated director Lee Isaac Chung resigned from the production of the live-action Your Name adaptation because of scheduling conflicts, Deadline reports.
Paramount, the studio behind the movie, is searching for Chung’s replacement. His departure is a huge blow to the movie’s production as The Academy nominated Chung’s Minari for seven Oscars this year. Yoon Yuh-Jung won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie.
Despite Chung’s exit, J.J. Abrams who is known for Lost, Star Trek and Star Wars, will continue to produce Your Name. Alongside Abrams is the original movie’s producer, Genki Kawamura, The Wrap reports.
This new movie had another huge change prior to this one, despite it being in pre-production. According to ComingSoon.net, Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and 500 Days of Summer, was set to work on the movie.
Emily V Gordon, the writer of The Big Sick, wrote the remake’s most recent screenplay draft based on the original movie.
Makoto Shinkai’s animated Your Name is one of Japan’s most successful films ever. In Japan alone, it grossed $303 million, Deadline reports.
The original Your Name follows a city boy and a small-town girl switching bodies at random times for unknown reasons. As the duo live each other’s lives vicariously, the two of them build an attraction to one another and wish to bridge the distance between them. The Wrap states that the new film will follow the same premise but with a more updated take on the source material.
A release date for the new movie is not yet confirmed, but Toho will be releasing the movie in Japan while Paramount will handle all other regions.
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