Someone tap Steve Moore’s shoulder: Director Adam Wingard has found his next project. The visionary filmmaker behind last year’s exceptional The Guest and 2011’s terrifying You’re Next has signed with Warner Bros. to direct a live action adaptation of horror manga Death Note.
The story follows a young student who stumbles upon an eerie notebook that allows him to kill any victim simply by writing their name in the pages. He soon decides to clean up the filth of the world by collecting names of whoever he deems evil. Meanwhile, the heat start to follow closely behind, making for a fun cat-and-mouse game.
Director Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was previously signed on to direct, but left the project for another detective story titled The Nice Guys. The most recent draft of the script was written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) and the film will be produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs, and Masi Oka.
Prior to this, Wingard will direct The Woods, a horror film he developed alongside longtime collaborator Simon Barrett. Shooting begins this summer and Lionsgate will distribute.