'The Guest' Director Adam Wingard to Helm 'Death Note' Adaptation
After bringing some flare to indie thrillers and horror with The Guest and You're Next, director Adam Wingard has just been lined up to take on a studio project. THR reports the filmmaker has just signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note. Previously, directors like Shane Black and Gus Van Sant were linked to the project, but neither of them stuck with the adaptation. With Wingard signed, it sounds like he might finally be the one to make it happen along with producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin (The LEGO Movie), as well as Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and "Heroes" series star Masi Oka.
For those who aren't familiar with Takeshi Obata's manga, here's the official synopsis:
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? Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?
For anyone who's seen The Guest or You're Next, it's not hard to see why this might be something cool for Wingard to direct. However, this time he won't be working with writer Simon Barrett as the script comes from Fantastic Four writer Jeremy Slater. This won't be the next project for Wingard though, as he's already set to direct a horror project called The Woods at Lionsgate this summer, and that one will actually team him back up with Barrett. As for Death Note, there's no indication as to when Warner Bros. wants production to begin, but hopefully Wingard will help the studio actually make it happen. Sound good?