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Shane Black to direct Death Note for Warner Bros.

01.13.2011by: Eric Walkuski
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Back in the spring of last year we brought you the news that Warner Bros. was planning to move ahead with its Americanized version of DEATH NOTE. The popular Japanese manga which has spawned movies, TV shows and even video games was to be written by scribes Charley and Vlas Parlapanides (the scribes behind IMMORTALS), but after the initial announcement, news concerning the project dropped off

Now Deadline is reporting that Shane Black (the writer behind LETHAL WEAPON and THE LAST BOYSCOUT and the director of KISS KISS, BANG BANG) has taken over directorial duties on DEATH NOTE, which hes also set to write with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry; the three are also working on a DOC SAVAGE movie.

The story centers on a college student who accidentally finds a misplaced "death note," infusing him with the power to kill merely by writing anyone's name on the page while picturing the person in his mind.

Black had this to say: Its my favorite manga, 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.

No word on when production will move forward, as Black still might direct DOC SAVAGE first. That said, keep it here for more DEATH NOTE news as it comes in.


KISS KISS, BANG BANG star Michelle Monaghan

Extra Tidbit: Have you read any of the DEATH NOTE mangas or seen any of the films?
Source: Deadline.com

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11:58AM on 01/15/2011
I've seen the movies and I'll agree that they're very long, but also very good. The first 2 were basically 1 movie split in half so that's a story that's told in well over 4 hours if I remember correctly. It's not going to be easy to fit everything in so hopefully nothing gets dumbed down.
I've seen the movies and I'll agree that they're very long, but also very good. The first 2 were basically 1 movie split in half so that's a story that's told in well over 4 hours if I remember correctly. It's not going to be easy to fit everything in so hopefully nothing gets dumbed down.
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7:57PM on 01/13/2011
I've seen the first two movies and they were good but very long, I like this idea but Death Note is a brilliant film and a complex one so they have a tough act to follow. The only thing they can really improve on is the CGI and maybe not make it so long but it's an unique story so don't ruin it.
I've seen the first two movies and they were good but very long, I like this idea but Death Note is a brilliant film and a complex one so they have a tough act to follow. The only thing they can really improve on is the CGI and maybe not make it so long but it's an unique story so don't ruin it.
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7:48PM on 01/13/2011
No, please, just leave it alone.
No, please, just leave it alone.
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4:24PM on 01/13/2011
Death note is one of the most smart and complex mangas ever made. The material is so complex that you can make a masterpiece classic genre film or could be an epic failure..be careful.. Hollywood ruined Dragon Ball the first time, Shamalyan ruined Avatar the second time, if they mess Death Note I'll set Warner Bros Studios on fire.
Death note is one of the most smart and complex mangas ever made. The material is so complex that you can make a masterpiece classic genre film or could be an epic failure..be careful.. Hollywood ruined Dragon Ball the first time, Shamalyan ruined Avatar the second time, if they mess Death Note I'll set Warner Bros Studios on fire.
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