Shane Black Taking the Helm of Death Note Remake

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This is yet another, "Not really a remake because they are going back to the source material" films. Death Note received a decent theatrical release here in the states after it was released in Japan. Today Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros have tapped Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black to direct the film with a script that’s being written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

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 vidgames. The trio of live action films were 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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