Gus Van Sant Taking The Helm Of Hollywood DEATH NOTE?

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Well, here's a surprising pairing of director and material ...

While it's been known for quite some time that there was a Hollywood adaptation of hugely popular Japanese manga Death Note - already adapted to the big screen in Japan - there's been no news on the project in quite a while. Shane Black was reportedly attached to direct as recently as last year but has moved on and now, according to The Tracking Board, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. Black leaves behind the current draft of the script, which he co-wrote along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

Van Sant is, to put it mildly, a surprising choice to tell the story of a high school student who discovers a note book dropped by a Death God with the power to kill anyone whose name is written within it. The student - of course - does so.

Being surprised, of course, isn't always a bad thing. Van Sant may not have the sort of VFX background that a project like this demands but if he's given room to run with it a bit he's certainly shown himself very adept with stories of youthful outsiders. Time will tell if this actually comes to fruition.
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  • Joshua K. Bader

    the big question i always have with death note and the west is how are names going to be treated. One of the big things about writing in the book was making sure the name was spelled correctly (the right choice of kanji). Yes some people have unique spellings but many people share the exact same name. Write 1 name 20 people die, thats pretty crazy. The only thing I can think of to combat this would to include their date of birth. This would of course mean once again 2 piece of information are vital.

  • Kenneth Gordon Howard

    "This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected."

  • Ahmed AL-Jaber

    well said son

  • Joshua K. Bader

    I forgot about that chess nut.

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