Gus Van Sant Taking The Helm Of Hollywood DEATH NOTE?

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Gus Van Sant Taking The Helm Of Hollywood DEATH NOTE?
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attached to direct as recently as last year but has moved on and now, according to The Tracking Board, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.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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