“Minari” Helmer Exits “Your Name” Remake

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

“Minari” director Lee Isaac Chung has exited Paramount and Bad Robot’s remake of Makoto Shinkai’s acclaimed anime feature “Your Name” citing scheduling conflicts as the cause.

Paramount is reportedly acting fast to find his replacement and have reached out to several potential suitors. J.J. Abrams and Genki Kawamura remain onboard to produce.

The original centers on Tokyo highschooler Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu from the rural Itomori, who discover they have the ability to switch bodies with one another as a natural disaster threatens to destroy their lives. They must journey to meet each other and save their worlds before it’s too late.

The film became a runaway critical and commercial success upon its release, grossing over $303 million in Japan alone and becoming one of the country’s biggest hits. Chung replaced Marc Webb who was initially lined up to direct.

Source: Deadline

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