Entertainment news website Deadline reported that Lee Isaac Chung (Munyuragabo, Minari) will be in charge of the Hollywood-produced live-action adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's film Kimi no Na wa. Chung will also rewrite the entire script based on a draft by Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), and will not use the draft made by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box).
The site described the history of the adaptation: “Two teenage boys discover that they are magically and intermittently swapping their bodies. When a disaster threatens to alter their lives, they must make their way to meet and save their worlds. Furthermore, Chung made his directorial debut in 2007 with the film Munyurangabo, a human drama centered on Rwanda and written in the Kinyarwanda language. His most recent film, Minari, was inspired by his life on a farm in Arkansas with his Korean-American family.
- Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions by J.J. Abrams are handling the film's production.
- J. J. Abrams (Star Trek (2009), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) and Lindsey Weber are credited as producers in association with Genki Kawamura, the producer of the original film.
- Paramount and Bad Robot are also collaborating with TOHO production company to distribute the feature film in Japan.
Kimi no Na wa's original film opened in Japan in August 2016 and became the fourth highest grossing film in Japan of all time. The film opened in 92 countries and territories, and broke box office records in South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Taiwan, as well as obviously Japan.