Your Name is an incredible animated Japanese movie that has become one of the country’s highest ever grossing flicks. Now J.J. Abrams is set to adapt it for western audiences.

This may ring alarm bells for some, however with original producer Genki Kawamura involved, we’d hope that Abrams’ Bad Robot crew will find a way to retain the emotional impact and lore of the original body-swap fantasy drama. Having an Oscar-nominated writer in Eric Heisserer (Arrival) on board will hopefully help to this end.

Your Name is the story of two high school students – Mitsuha and Taki – from very different worlds who find themselves inextricably linked following the arrival of a comet.

“Just like in the film it feels like a dream,” said Kawamura of the new deal. “Mr. Abrams and his team have captivated audiences in their masterful reinvention of known properties. And Mitsuha and Taki have found a perfect narrator, Mr. Heisserer, to tell their sci-fi infused love story, which gave the film such drive. The meetings so far have been creatively stimulating with fantastic ideas that no doubt will make for a great movie. I am greatly honored to work with these incredible creators in bringing to audiences the Hollywood live-action version of Your Name.”

It’s early days yet, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more news on the Your Name remake’s development.

Meanwhile, here’s a trailer for the original…

Pre-order the original Your Name – available November 8 – at JB Hi-Fi.