The US remake of Death Note has been floating around for a while now. Shane Black has been linked to it and, last we heard, Gus Van Sant was being rumoured to direct. That would have been awesome, but we’re very happy with the latest news.
THR reports that You’re Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard has signed on to direct the latest adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga series, which was turned into an excellent anime and a couple of disappointing live-action Japanese movies.
“The story 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.”
Jeremy Slater has written the latest draft of the script. Wingard is currently working on low-budget horror The Woods, his latest collaboration with writer Simon Barrett.
Wingard’s been on an incredible roll recently, with A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next and The Guest. We love the anime series so we’re a bit apprehensive about a live-action American remake, but this seems like a great match of director and material.
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