Your Name: Minari Director Exits Live-Action Adaptation of Anime Hit


Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung will no longer be directing the live-action adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name.

According to Deadline, Chung parted ways with the project due to scheduling conflicts, leaving Paramount with the task of finding a replacement. The studio is reportedly actively looking for a new director to draft in and has already reached out to “several potential suitors,” though there’s no word yet on who is in the running.


The Hollywood live-action adaptation of Shinkai’s anime film will be produced by Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams together with Genki Kawamura, who produced the original, while the script is being penned by Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Toho will handle the movie’s distribution in Japan, with Paramount bringing it to theaters in all other territories.

Shinkai initially expressed his enthusiasm for the live-action adaptation, saying, “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been completely unaware of—I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation,” though he later added that he’s “not much interested” in how it is actually being handled.

Chung boarded the project shortly after his critically acclaimed drama Minari picked up the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. He received numerous other awards and nominations for the movie this year, including a Golden Globe statuette for Best Foreign Language Film.


The original Japanese anime, from which this project is adapting, opened in North American theaters in 2017 and had one of the 10 biggest domestic openings ever for an anime movie. IGN’s review of Your Name packed on the praise for the movie’s “absolutely gorgeous” animation, paired with a story that “will grab your heart and squeeze.”

Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.


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