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Rumor: Death Note Gets a Director in Gus Van Sant

file_173575_0_death-noteNow that Shane Black has moved on to direct a Predator sequel at Fox, with writer Fred Dekker, that leaves the American version of Death Note looking for a new helmer. Black had been attached to the project, but recent rumblings have confirmed that the producers were looking for someone new to shepherd the film.

They may have found their man in Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Milk), reports Tracking Board. I preface this in the headline as “rumor” because TB’s been spotty in their exclusive news breaks (see: Hocus Pocus 2), but this week they were ahead of the game in non-horror arena regarding Dwayne Johnson’s new film. So, take this all with a grain of salt until confirmed.

Vertigo Entertainment, Witten Pictures and Lin Pictures are producing.

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.

Three live action Japanese films were culled from the popular manga.