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.

  • K. Lee Adams

    I hope it stays a rumor. No offense, but the few movies I’ve seen of his I haven’t enjoyed. Death Note is the only anime I ever really got into and I really want to see a great adaptation of it. I think it’d be awesome to see James Wan tackle it.

    • Dustin

      James Wan’s DEATH NOTE…oh yeah, I got chills…

      • K. Lee Adams

        I know, right? I can hear the trailer’s narration now. “From James Wan, Director of Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring,”. Insert trailer scenes with loud, sweeping orchestral music. “Death Note”, rated R. Now playing.

    • Juan Asilo

      i know that guy can give us a very thrilling tale,
      but here the thing re they basing on the anime, cause the2nd act was poor, adding the news L, that was miss read. hope they based on the 2 film. like i said they were better than silence of the lamb. that the true.

      • K. Lee Adams

        Oy, yeah, Near. I didn’t care for that character. I much preferred L, he was my favorite character.

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  • Super saiyan uchiha

    There putting anime on here??

    • Kris Gardner

      I think it’s cause it’s related to the live action films and the possible western versions in the making.

      • Super saiyan uchiha

        I liked the death note live action movies

        • Kris Gardner

          I was 50/50 on them, granted it was way back when I watched them.