Photo/IllutrationA scene from the Japanese animated film, “Your Name.” ((c) 2016 “Your Name.” production committee)

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Acclaimed Hollywood producer J.J. Abrams will turn the phenomenally successful Japanese anime “Your Name.” into a live-action movie.

Paramount Pictures Corp. and Bad Robot Productions acquired the rights, the latter being a film production company owned by Abrams, the director of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015).

Abrams will be one of the producers of the film along with Genki Kawamura, who produced last year's original, Tokyo-based film company Toho Co. announced Sept. 28.

The screenplay will be penned by Eric Heisserer, who was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards for the science fiction film “Arrival” (2016).

Makoto Shinkai, who wrote and directed the original, said in a news release, “‘Your Name.’ is a movie that was produced with the local imagination of us, who live in Japan, and domestic technologies. If such a film is combined with Hollywood, we may be able to see new possibilities. Holding such an expectation, I’m looking forward to the completion (of the live-action film).”

The animated film has earned more than 25 billion yen (about $222 million) in Japan since its release in August 2016 and will eventually be released in 135 countries and regions.