Death Note, the fantastic Japanese manga series which had a similarly great anime run, before a couple of not-so-great live-action films, is getting an American remake, and the rumoured choice of director is a big surprise.
The Tracking Board, whose track record is a bit hit and miss, report that Gus Van Sant will direct. It feels like a big change for the director of Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Elephant and Milk, but on the other hand the film deals with isolation, delusion and violence, albeit in a heightened and supernatural way.
Death Note is the story of a high school teen who finds a notebook. When he writes someone’s name in the book, they die. The book previously belonged to an evil spirit, who starts to watch over the boy as he decides that he’ll use it as a force for good, cleansing the world of its evil. As the body count rises, the police react and a nameless agent (see, try writing that in a notebook) leads the hunt.
The US remake was written by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Charles Mondry. Black was set to direct, but left to work on the Predator sequel/reboot, and Van Sant has reportedly stepped in.