News coming from The Hollywood Reporter last night that director Adam Wingard is allegedly on board to helm the film adaptation of well known Japanese manga series Death Note.
It’s been almost six years now since Warner Bros bought the rights of Death Note and even initially it had Shane Black attached to direct, but now it looks like the project has a new lease of life from the studio bringing in the You’re Next and The Guest director. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing the project, Doug Davision and Brian Witten are Executive Producing, with Niija Kuykendall and Niki Mavinkurve are overseeing the project which had been adapted as a film (and spawned a sequel) in Japan.
The story of Death Note centers on a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name, who then decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.
It’s interesting that Death Note has been giving new life, if true, that Wingard has been signed to direct and it’ll definitely have me intrigued as to how he’ll handle it coming off The Guest (Haven’t seen You’re Next still and i’ll probably see his new film The Woods even before I get around to that) alone I’ll consider it a positive thing, though the plot in itself is much more complexed that I can’t see how they can narrow it down to an hour and a half/two hour film, also the fact it’s been on/off for six years doesn’t give me much confidence. Time will tell on this one.