Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Shane Black To Direct Live Action Manga 'Death Note'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 13, 2011 at 6:49AM

Shane Black, who rose to fame penning films like "Lethal Weapon," "The Last Boy Scout" and "The Monster Squad," made his return to Hollywood after a long absence with the witty action comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." It didn't exactly light up the box office -- it made back its $15 million budget in worldwide gross -- but it did help relaunch the career of Robert Downey Jr. and it proved that Black's sharp pen hadn't diminished.
2


Shane Black, who rose to fame penning films like "Lethal Weapon," "The Last Boy Scout" and "The Monster Squad," made his return to Hollywood after a long absence with the witty action comedy "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." It didn't exactly light up the box office -- it made back its $15 million budget in worldwide gross -- but it did help relaunch the career of Robert Downey Jr. and it proved that Black's sharp pen hadn't diminished.

Well, Warner Bros. are hoping that Black's unique approach to action will be the right fit for "Death Note," a live-action adaptation of a wildly popular manga that they've hired him to direct. Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the story follows "Light, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous FBI criminal profiler known only by the alias L." The property is hugely popular in Japan and has spawned a trilogy of films, videogames, a television series and more.

The film is being written Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, who also penned "Doc Savage," a project Black signed on to last year for Sony and still looks like will be his next directorial vehicle.

No word yet on when "Death Note" is being planned for or even if it will be the a project Black goes to after "Doc Savage." He has apparently received offers on a handful of studio projects and has a few spec scripts and old ideas of his own kicking around. At any rate, it seems Warner Bros. is eager to continue trying to make Japanese franchises work on North American soil despite the big budget "Speed Racer" flopping hard. The two-part "Akira" is still in development with the Hughes Brothers at the helm, and now with "Death Note" it looks like the studio wants those international bucks in a big way.

This article is related to: Films, Shane Black, Death Note


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates