Another beloved manga is apparently getting a US makeover. This time it’s Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s comic about an ambitious young man who receives a mystical killer notebook. You’re Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard has signed on to direct the US feature version.

The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Wingard is onboard Death Note’s US feature film, with Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka producing. Wingard isn’t the first director attached to the project, however. At one point, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was supposed to be at the helm.


Death Note centers on Light Yagami, the brilliant son of a police officer who receives a Death Note, a notebook that belongs to a god of death. If Light writes someone’s name in the Death Note, that person dies and Light can control the circumstances of that person’s death. As Light starts using his newfound power to take out anyone he feels is no longer worthy of life, the police start to suspect that these deaths are the work of a single serial killer. A task force is organized to investigate the deaths, led by the eccentric and mysterious L, whose intellect rivals Light’s own.

This is hardly the first adaptation of Death Note for the screen. The manga was adapted as a popular anime series and as a series of live-action films in Japan. The Japanese-language version of the Death Note musical debuted this month, and a Korean-language translation will run in June.

Just one request as this project moves forward: Could we possibly cast Asian actors in the starring roles?


‘Guest’ Director Adam Wingard Signs On for ‘Death Note’ (Exclusive) [The Hollywood Reporter]