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Shane Black’s ‘Death Note’ Thankfully Not Dead

Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, The Long Kiss Goodnight and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is both awesome and on a commercial career high pending the release of his 2nd directorial effort, Iron Man 3. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about helming a U.S. remake of the Japanese classic Death Note.

While he doesn’t give a ton of info, he tells Bleeding Cool, “Right now I’ve got this thing at Warner Bros. called Death Note that I like a lot. It’s a Japanese Manga that’s very tense and really cool.” Not much, but not dead either. A few years back Black was overseeing a script by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry – I’m not sure if that configuration is still in play.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, Death Note was originally published in Japan and later collected in 12 trade paperbacks that have sold more than 38 million copies worldwide. The protagonist, Light, is 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.



  • dirtyghettok

    Anyone should give the live action movie a chance. Think it’s free on youtube right now. Anyways, loved the movie and message on so many different levels. I just hope they don’t change the f–ked up ending.

  • dr.lamb

    Loved the anime. The live action version was pretty good too. I can see the potential for a new version though.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I love Death Note so much. I watched the anime first and then I watched the live action movies. All fantastic. I would really love for it to be brought to the US with a new movie.

  • Evil_Flip

    Saw Iron Man 3 yesterday and it’s mindblowingly cool. So whatever Shane makes next I’m on board.

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