‘Your Name’ Remake Taps ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Director Marc Webb to Helm Native American-Centric Story

/Film | 2/15/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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The English-language Your Name remake has officially landed a director. 500 Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has been tapped to helm the new version. Webb will be directing a reimagined version of the hit 2016 anime sci-fi/romance film, which will now center around a Native American woman and a young man from Chicago.

Deadline broke the news that Webb has been, ahem, webbed in to direct the Your Name remake, which will be penned by Oscar-nominated Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Toho, the studio behind the original acclaimed anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai, have teamed up with Paramount and Bad Robot to produce the “reimagined” English-language version, which now follows a Native American girl and a Chicago boy who get magically body-swapped.

Synopsis - Film - Deadline

Here is the current synopsis for the film, per Deadline:

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.

Americanized - Culture - Parallel - Shinto - Traditions

Well, they did say “Americanized.” Native American culture is probably the closest American parallel to the Shinto traditions featured in the original film, and it’s not a culture that has been done much justice in Hollywood. But could this be a great chance for Native American representation in a major feature film? I’ll hold out hope, but remain cautiously optimistic — especially considering J.K. Rowling’s recent bungled attempts to pull Native American culture into her Harry Potter mythology. And there’s also the question of whether Webb can sensitively handle this premise...
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