Warner Brothers had already acquired the rights to create a live action adaptation of Death Note since 2009, but it looks like it’s only getting started.
Movie site, Deadline, has recently reported that Warner Brothers had hired Shane Black as the director for the upcoming Death Note live action adaptation for Hollywood. Shane Black had been involved in directing several movies, including a rather successful “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”.
According to Black himself, he is quite a fan of the Death Note manga. Black’s scripts had been quite a hit studios, with many of them rushing to buy movie scripts off him. However, for the upcoming Death Note movie, he is taking a backseat, leaving the script writing to Anthony Bagarozzi, a writer who worked with Black.
Shane Black isn’t such a bad choice as a director after all, considering his works and experiences in the field. But like with all other Hollywood-based anime-turned-movies, there are certain fans who would be extremely concerned regarding how the series would be adapted like. The major concern is probably the term “americanzation” of the series, although Black mentioned something pretty interesting during the interview with Deadline.
What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller.
Would this particular adaptation turn out successful or not? It’s probably to early to say anything, but it seems like Black is genuinely interested in keeping Death Note in it’s very essence!