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, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting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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