Shane Black adapting Japanese manga Death Note

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Death Note

Director Shane Black has jumped onto the comic adap band wagon, with news that he’s set to direct a film version of manga Death Note.

Being set up over at Warner Bros, Black will be directing from a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, who are also penning Black’s other new film Doc Savage.

“It’s my favourite manga,” the director tells Deadline of Death Note, which has already been adapted previously into anime and Japanese live-action films. “I was just struck by its unique and brilliant sensibility.

“What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller.”

Death Note the manga followed a teenager called Light Yagami, who discovers a notebook that fell to Earth and once belonged to god Ryuk.

Using the book, Light attempts to cleanse the world of evil, while possessing the ability to kill anybody whose name he writes in the book. Meanwhile, a detective known as L attempts to stop him.

Black's first and last directing gig was the criminally under-rated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. We can't wait to see what he does with Death Note.

Glad Black's the one who's helming the live action adap? Tell us your thoughts below...


    • Richter

      Jan 14th 2011, 11:45

      erm... did they make 2 live action movies based on the manga??? plus it's getting on my nerves that hollywood remake movies all the time. is there any new ideas anymore? Other than remake of 80s movies or TV Series.. It winds me up!!!! Like the not needed remake of Let the right one in.. Is it because people can't be bothered to READ subtitles!!!!! Rant OVER

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Jan 14th 2011, 14:34

      It is a shame but it's true that a lot of people in the Western world's film viewers miss out on some amazing films because they are put off by subtitles. Remakes with American actors are seen as the best way to market these films to American and British audiences, but more often than not the remakes can't hold their own against the originals. Shane Black can hopefully make this one of the better ones. Hopefully.

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    • Richter

      Jan 14th 2011, 14:54

      I've started to think it's never worth going to the movies anymore. Seeing constant remakes and "reboots".. There's nothing coming out i want to see. it's just easier waiting to get them on DVD rental. Oh well at least the Asians are doing the best movies..

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 14th 2011, 16:26

      I hope they redo Ghost in the Shell, I always thought Selma Blair would make a good Major Kusanage and Ron Perlman as Batou,

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