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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