Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note is the legendary manga, and the resulting prolific anime series that should be a part of your catalogue. But Light ‘Kira’ Yagame is set to make a debut in a live-action film adaptation (a Warner Picture, just to clarify).
In the manga / anime, Death Note is about teenager Light’s discovery of a supernatural book from the spiritual realm that allows the owner of the book to kill anyone whose name is writ in it. As a result Light plans for the long game to to create a Utopia by ridding the entire world from the likes of evil and criminals… and anyone trying to stop his ultimate plan
Jeremy Slater, scriptwriter that worked on Fantastic Four (2015) and The Lazarus Effect (2015) has written a new draft of the screenplay. And to direct, The Guests‘ Adam Wingard has been attached to the project as director.
And we know what you’re thinking. Another Hollywood adaptation of a manga classic will surmount to an American bull in a China shop. But the list of executive producers and people overseeing the trajectory of the project should settle you anxiety a bit.
Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee (Dark Water, The Lake House, Shutter), Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin (This Side of the Truth, Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie), Viz Productions’ Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) are producers. Doug Davison (Dark Water, The Grudge, The Lake House) and Brian Witten (Dark City, American History X, Final Destination) are executive producers, and Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing the project for Warner.
So it seems Death Note is in good hands. As good as it could possible get, being a book of death and all. It’s taken Warner this long to switch things into gear; Warner Bros.had acquired the rights to the series from previous rights-holder Vertigo Entertainment in 2009. The portrayal of the demon Shinigamis, especially Ryuk, will be key. Hopefully the team doesn’t take any GITS routes. Because you know how some of us fans get.
So hopefully we’ll get to see a decent adaptation of the anime / manga come game time.