'The Guest' Director Adam Wingard to Helm 'Death Note' Adaptation

April 27, 2015
Source: THR

Death Note

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?

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I did not see that coming! Wow...I don't know what to think. I really enjoy Wingard's directing. THE GUEST was a blast. DEATH NOTE was an amazing series both in comic and animation. I just hope that this team can give us something that does the IP justice.

DAVIDPD on Apr 27, 2015


Have you ever seen the live action Japanese version from 2006 and the sequel in 2008? They were really good. Hopefully this version will be as good as those.

Oblique on Apr 27, 2015


Hopefully better.

Ry on Apr 28, 2015


Aww man. I love Adam Wingard and I look forward to each of his movies. I don't really wanna see this. There was already a live action movie (or two?) so this is another remake or something? Should've seen it coming but Wingard's gotta do it? I'll still see it but I'm kinda bummed about this.

Jonathan on Apr 27, 2015


Is this going to be a movie or TV show? I don't see how this anime would translate to a movie.

ed on Apr 27, 2015


It has before.

Wes Draven on Apr 27, 2015


But did it turn into a good movie? I have no doubt that it can be done. But the question is "Can it be done well?"

ed on Apr 28, 2015


The anime was crap designed for angsty teens who thought they were the smartest guys ever but the concept is good so I have hope.

Norbert on Apr 28, 2015


Weird, was in my late 30's when I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Wouldn't really classify it as "crap" either.

avconsumer2 on Apr 28, 2015


The biggest quarell I had with Death Note series is 3/4th of the story is the internal dialogue. Sorry but that's not good screenwriting. Instead of 70% of the script being expositional self talk make the character actually work for his achievements (given the concept is limiting in action). Also the character is never trully punished or challenged for being smug and thinking he is the smartest person in the world. He thinks he is like that and the series confirms it instead of challenging it. Ok we all feel like we are special but unless you earn it you have to set it up better than, a random high schooler finds a magic notebook and is also the smartest person on earth. It really felt similar to many YA low quality novels where the main character is also special for no reason and finds himself in good position thanks to very unprobable circumstances.

Norbert on Apr 28, 2015


I liked the guest so hopefully he can do Death Note justice. Its one of my favorite animes and one of the only shows I can force my wife to watch. We will definitely be seeing this opening day....its just movies based on animes usually don't turn out that great from my experience. I hope they don't fuck it up! It will need good writing and decent actors to pull this off. Anyone know what the status is on the live action Bleach movie? Not sure how they will pull that one off even with a gigantic budget.

timnimbus on Apr 28, 2015

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