According to the latest news on the project, all signs point to a shockingly positive perhaps. That’s all thanks to the attachment of Shane Black as director; someone with a quality-loaded background and a genuine love for Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s original manga.
If Shane Black’s name doesn’t ring a bell, well, it’s probably at least buried somewhere in the recesses of your mind. Black made a name for himself by yielding then-yet-unheard of amounts of bank for scripts he wrote on spec, including Lethal Weapon, The Last Boyscout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
For a peek at his writer/director combo prowess one need look no further than 2005’s Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a sharp and funny P.I. riff that helped breathe life back into Robert Downey Jr.’s film career.
Black enters the project with a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, a duo that also wrote the script for Black’s upcoming Doc Savage adaptation. All of this bodes much better than expected for the Death Note flick. Heck, barring any (always possible) bumps along the road, this is probably as solid a lineup as I could imagine.
What do you think about the potential for a respectable American Death Note adaptation?