On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Adam Wingard, director of You’re Next and The Guest, has joined the live-action Death Note project as its director. Warner Brothers acquired the rights to the film from Vertigo Entertainment back in 2009. Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) were both rumored to be directors for the project with screenwriters Vlas and Charles Parlapanides being linked to the project as well. Despite these rumors of the films progress, the project had been in the making for quite a while, never fully taking off.
It seems now, however, that Death Note is finally on the right track to actually getting made and released. Jeremy Slater (The Lazurus Effect and The Fantastic Four-2015) has written a new draft of the screenplay. Hollywood Reporter further elaborated that the film’s executive producers are Doug Davison (The Grudge) and Brian Witten (Final Destination). The producers on board this film are actor Masi Oka (Heroes), Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee (Shutter), Viz Productions’ Jason Hoffs (The Edge of Tomorrow), and Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes). Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve will be looking over the project for the Warner Company.
Death Note, which has a hugely popular anime series based on the equally popular manga of the same name, tells the story of Light Yagami. A young and bored high-schooler who stumbles upon a notebook called the Death Note. The Death Note is basically a notebook of death, Light discovers that anyone’s name whose written in the notebook will die; he can also describe how they will die. Light decides to rid the world of evil and develops a major god-complex. Light seems unstoppable until a mysterious detective named L proves to be a worthy adversary whose goal is to apprehend Kira (the name given to Light by fanatics).
The live-action films plot has yet to be revealed, but here’s hoping they stick close to their source material. I also wouldn’t mind if they chose to focus solely on L. Time will tell the films direction and here’s hoping it actually gets made.
Death Note's major media has been licensed and released by VIZ Media which includes the manga and the anime (with the exception of the games and the soundtracks). For those of you interested in watching the Death Note anime, it is available in its entirety on Hulu.
All you Death Note fans, what are your thoughts on the live-action adaptation? Is there a certain route you hope they take or an actor you would like to see get cast? Let us know in the comments below!