'Minari' Director Lee Isaac Chung Is No Longer Doing Hollywood's 'Your Name' Remake
Maybe he decided it was best not to mess with perfection
Published Jul 21, 2021When it comes to modern-day anime, few films are as beloved as 2016's Your Name. It was no surprise then that remake-obsessed Hollywood decided to take a stab at remaking the Japanese movie as a live-action picture. Now, though, the remake's director, Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, has left the project.
The news comes via Deadline, which reports Chung has exited the Your Name remake due to "scheduling conflicts." Apparently, Paramount is now rushing to find a replacement.
It should be noted that Chung agreed to do the Your Name film before Minari became the massive success that it was. So it's hard not to think that the film's surprise popularity had something to do with the decision.
Regardless, Paramount does seem set on remaking Your Name, for better or worse, so we'll likely hear more about the project soon.
The original animated film was written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, telling the rather amazing and touching story of a boy and girl who begin to swap bodies. The film was a huge success — both critically and at the box office — in Japan, as well as overseas.