"Death Note" Film Hooks Up with "You're Next" Director Adam Wingard

The latest draft of the script comes from Fantastic Four's Jeremy Slater

Some new developments on Warner Bros.' live-action Death Note film popped up over at The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, the Hollywood adaptation will be directed by Adam Wingard, who previously helmed 2011 cult horror flick You're Next and 2014 thriller The Guest, among others. 


Death Note has been kicking around in Hollywood for a while. Shane Black was attached to direct at one point, and last summer rumors had Gus Van Sant taking over. The latest draft of the script was written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, 2015 Fantastic Four), and the film is being produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs, and Masi Oka. 


Before he can hop on Death Note, Adam Wingard will be directing another horror movie called The Woods, co-written with Simon Barrett, who has collaborated with Wingard on numerous projects.


For those unfamiliar, here's the synopsis from VIZ, publisher of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's series:


Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects--and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His first mini-comic, SLIME, is now available. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

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