Shane Black Directing ‘Death Note’

The project will be adapted from the Japanese manga about a young man who finds a notebook which can kill anyone whose name is written in it.

Shane Black directing the manga adaptation Death Note for Warner Bros.
Shane Black directing the manga adaptation Death Note for Warner Bros.
Filmmaker Shane Black has signed onto direct the manga adaptation Death Note for Warner Bros. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are currently writing the script.

The project is based off the manga series written by Tsugumi Ôba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story revolves around a college student named Light who finds a mysterious notebook which has the unique power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. When the student uses his newfound power to rid the streets of criminals, he is pursued by an FBI criminologist.

The manga series, which has sold over 38 million copies worldwide, has spawned a number of features and TV shows in Japan and is Shane Black's favorite manga. Here's what he had to say about the project:

It's my favorite manga, I was just struck by its unique and brilliant sensibility. What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller. Jeff Robinov and Greg Silverman liked that."

No production schedule was revealed for Death Note.

Death Note is in development . The film is directed by Gus Van Sant.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (10)

  1. Emmytt

    dont f*ck it up

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  2. XxxHolic

    I have mixed feelings about this. I want this to happen, but with a great cast and a great script!

    4 years agoby @xxxholicFlag

  3. Diaigma

    Okay, WB. I hope you learned from FOX and Paramount's mistakes . . . :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  4. Kim Pabiano

    i will surely wait for this! i have watched the anime version as well as the japanese version movie of deathnote and i am a fanatic of deathnote until now. i hope that they will work on this in a really great outcome :)

    4 years agoby @kim-pabianoFlag

  5. K.Guy

    I think this will be easy as taking a potato chip... AND EAT!!

    4 years agoby @kguyFlag

  6. Pjwolsker

    kind of reminds me about that joke in Forgetting Sarah Marshall where she was in a movie where if you answer your cell phone you die.. if you dont want to die, take the battery out and movie over. in this case, burn the book

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. ejk1

    @Narzion, the anime series was great until L was defeated, if you catch my drift. I've read the manga and the companion book that took place in Los Angeles, and I would like to see a movie done on this, but I do hope they use the ending from the manga instead of the anime. It was much better.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. ElMasChingon

    Someone has already made a live action movie... two in fact. but still wanna see what the americans do with this

    4 years agoby @elmaschingonFlag

  9. MovieManiac

    I loved the mangas back when i was in grade school. This could turn out well.

    4 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  10. Narzion

    animated series was great, but live action movie hmmmm.......

    4 years agoby @narzionFlag

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