Death Note for Hollywood
No it's not some statement of fact about the impending demise of Hollywood, it's news that the Japanese franchise of Death Note which covers comics, film and television, is getting adapted for the big screen and none other than Shane Black will be directing.
Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are writing the script for the film which tells the story of a college student who comes across a strange notebook that gives him the power of life and death. He merely writes a name in the book and that person dies.
Unsurprisingly the prolific producer Roy Lee along with Dan Lin, Doug Davison and Brian Witten are behind the production of the adaptation of the Japanese successful franchise, one that saw a television series in 2006, an animated film, a live action feature called Death Note: The Last Name and in 2008 a sequel called Death Note: L Change the World directed by Hideo Nakata.
The writers I'm unsure about, while Anthony Bagarozzi has a credit for The Long Kiss Goodnight, there's not much I can find on Charles Mondry. Apparently Charley and Vlas Parlapanides wrote the first draft of the script, again two relatively new writers.
It's Shane Black though who is the leading light on this project. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a superb film, one that I think people really should see as it shows off the talent of Black as a writer and director as well as Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer at perhaps their best. He's also written some great films in his past like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero and The Long Kiss Goodnight, and while you might not like how the films turned out on screen, Black is a great writer.
He also proved he's a great director, and I would never have pegged him for an English language version of Death Note, however Variety has the news that he is and that's what we'll get to see.