The 2016 animated film, Your Name, from Makoto Shinkai released in Japan to worldwide acclaim and commercial success. The animated flick is being remade into a live-action Hollywood blockbuster by Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Entertainment. The movie will have 500 Days of Summer’s Marc Webb in the director’s chair and writer Eric Heisserer penning the script, according to a report from Deadline.
According to the official synopsis of the film, the main character, Mitsuha, from the Gifu Prefecture in Japan, is being replaced with a Native American girl. So far they haven’t revealed the identity of the male co-star who will be playing Taki. All we know is that the boy will be from Chicago, Illinois, so it likely means he might end up being race-swapped as well.
In the Deadline report they explain the movie as the following…
“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.”
According to Japan Today, they are reporting that writer and director Makoto Shinkai of the original Your Name is actually excited about the announcement of the live-action film.
The site notes that Shinkai mentioned on Twitter…
“Marc Webb has been announced as the director for the Hollywood ‘your name.’ and I’m so happy! I love him as a director.”
Genki Kawamura, one of the producers from the original Your Name, is also on board as a producer for the live-action film.
It sounds like Toho has sadly given their blessing to Paramount, Bad Robot, and Marc Webb to Westernize Your Name into more propaganda.
This kind of race-swapping isn’t uncommon with a lot of anime adaptations, or heck even video games. We recently saw how Netflix race-swapped almost every major character for the upcoming The Witcher streaming series save for Geralt and Ciri.
Given that Mitsuha was race-swapped for Webb’s upcoming film, expect the same to happen for whoever is cast as Taki. Any pushback from the fans will also likely result in lots of virtue signaling from the usual suspects in the “woke” circles of Hollywood. If they decide to go that route there will be a nice, cozy little space made available on the Get Woke; Go Broke Master List.
(Thanks for the news tip Angra Mainyu)