Hollywood Blockbuster King Ready To Sign Death Note

Hollywood Blockbuster King Ready To Sign Death Note

The man responsible for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout is going to bring his Hollywood sensibilities to one of Japan’s most popular and darkest manga.

Death Note follows the story of Kira, who acquires a “death note”. Writing someone’s name in the notebook causes that person to meet an untimely end. The manga is a smash hit in Japan, selling over 20 million copies.

Shane Black, the first Hollywood screenwriter to earn a million bucks for a single script, is going to helm the English-language version of the comic. Black, however, won’t be writing the film.

The manga was already turned into a Japanese film back in 2006, and it got a brief US theatrical release. Sequels followed as well as anime and several Nintendo DS games. While the manga got an English release, the DS titles were never localised for Western gamers.

They can look forward to this Hollywood take on Death Note, instead.

Shane Black Signs to Direct Manga Adaptation ‘Death Note’ [/Film][TokyoGetter’s Flickr]


  • I don’t know if I would say it was fine in Japanese. I think the manga was great, but from what I’ve seen the movies were very average. Some things are just harder to bring to film. I can’t imagine a westernised version being any better than the Japanese version, more likely it will just stray from the original plot.

    Maybe we should just enjoy this one as it was originally made?

  • The pacing of Death Note is part of the reason why it was good. Making it a 3 hour film is going to be terrible, especially as a western version.

  • “Darkest”. Really? This is Japan we’re talking about. I’ve seen darker stuff in the western world too…

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