Death Note Remake Showing Faint Signs of Life
January 13, 2011. That was the date that Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero) was announced to direct a live action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note. Since then nothing. Until now.
Recently Bleeding Cool caught up with Black to get an update. "Right now I’ve got this thing at Warner Bros. called Death Note that I like a lot. It’s a Japanese manga that’s very tense and really cool." Yeah, that's not exactly anything earth-shattering, but at least it means that they're still talking about it or Black wouldn't have brought it up.
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Death Note was originally published in Japan and later collected in 12 trade paperbacks that have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide. The protagonist, Light, is a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous FBI criminal profiler known only by the alias L.
Death Note is wildly popular in Japan and has been turned into live action and animated films, an animated TV series, novels, and video games. The trio of live action films was distributed by Warner Bros. Japan. Warner Bros. acquired the manga rights from Shueisha and previously got a script draft from Charley and Vlas Parlapanides.
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