In 18 months, Your Name became the highest grossing anime movie of all-time and led to a surge in tourism in Hida as fans flock to pilgrimage sites. The biggest news of all was a surprise announcement J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures are producing a live-action remake of Your Name, which sent shockwaves around the community.
At the time of the announcement, Shinkai told the press, “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been completely unaware of. I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation.” He’s now singing a different tune.
Shinkai was at the press-only opening of “Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto,” which is an exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo that is dedicated to Shinkai’s 15-year career. According to Oricon News, the director was more candid when answering questions about the remake.
“I often think of the anime I’ve created as my children, but I’m not really that interested in what happens to those children afterward.” An icy and distant response from someone known for creating emotionally melting stories! But it makes sense since Shinkai typically spends two-years working on a project, so he can’t afford to get too involved after a movie premiere.
Shinkai continued, “The Hollywood version was announced, and though I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out, at the same time, it’s like my son setting off on his personal journey. What kind of adult he grows into is something for him to deal with himself.”