Well, not so much an “update” but more of a “hey, this project is still alive” status report. In early 2011, Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black was attached to do an American take on Death Note. Black, speaking to Bleeding Cool recently, assured them the project hasn’t died with the following quote:
“Right now I’ve got this thing at Warner Bros. called Death Note that I like a lot. It’s a Japanese Manga that’s very tense and really cool.”
There’s not much to chew on there, but it’s something. American redo rights were acquired in mid-2009. At the time, the studio tapped Charley and Vlas Parlapanides for a script, however, there were some changes behind the scenes.
Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are now credited as the film’s screenwriters.
Death Note centers on a college student who accidentally finds a misplaced “death note,” infusing him with the power to kill merely by writing anyone’s name on the page while picturing the person in his mind.