Death Note Getting the Remake Treatment

Death Note finally hitting U.S. screens!I guess it was inevitable that a remake of the popular Japanese film “>Death Note (review) would happen; even more inevitable that Vertigo Films would be involved. So color me unsurprised on all counts!

STYD learned via the Vertigo press notes for “>The Strangers (review) that a remake of Death Note, which was based on the hugely popular magna of the same name, is being penned by Vlas and Charles Parlapanides, who are currently working on the TV show “Undercover”.

Death Note follows a young man named Light, who one day happens upon a notebook sitting in the street with the title “Death Note” emblazoned on the front. Curious, he soon realizes that if he writes someone’s name in the notebook, that person will die. Sticking to the various rules put in place by the Death Gods, one of which shows up to show Light the ropes, he manages to create a country-wide panic by causing seemingly unexplainable deaths. Helpless, the cops call on the strange detective known only as L to track him down, and the game is on.

Death Note was actually split into two films (the second was Death Note: The Last Name (review)) for theatrical release and to keep the Japanese public screaming for more, and as you may recall Ring director Hideo Nakata recently completed work on a sequel, L: Change the World. Expect the originals, sequels, and remakes to start confusing you very soon.

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  • Enraged_Otter

    American Death Note = Angsty Hayden Christiansen vs. Nancy Drew and the Bloodhound gang

    • Sirand

      “American Death Note = Angsty Hayden Christiansen vs. Nancy Drew and the Bloodhound gang”

      Greatest post ever! And I think you just called it!

  • Johnny Butane

    While that would be the best and most sensible approach, Termianl, to make it a companion piece rather than a remake, we all know that ain’t what’s going to happen. And it makes me a sad panda.

    • Terminal

      As long as its good.

  • Terminal

    The movies were great, but the anime is still ten times better. I haven’t read the “magna” yet, though. 😛

    I’ll be open to this, only if they show that perhaps this wasn’t just in the country it originated. What if all over the world this happened to a chosen few?

    I think it could work if done right. But who knows, they could just redo the whole story except in America and with stylish teens.

  • Chainsaw

    You know, this anime should be right up my alley, but I watched the first episode of it…and it didn’t do anything for me. All I could do was make fun of it’s emoness and the music.

    I may have to give the movies a try sometime.

  • The Woman In Black

    Interesting timing. UC and I finally watched the original last night — and loved it. Of course someone now has to crap all over it! lol

  • Kryten Syxx

    Dude, did you get your latest issue of “Evil Note Book Magazine” yet?

  • Sirand

    I knew it was only a matter of time. Ugh.