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Warners has teh Death Note, lolz

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, May 1, 2009

Warner Bros. is now developing an American film version of the Japanese manga Death Note. This was inevitable, regardless if the movie happened at Warner Bros. or elsewhere, because even to a manga moron like myself, Death Note is freaking huge.

The manga is about a high school kid named Light Yagami who gets his hands on a book that was once possessed by a Japanese death god. The book allows its owner to kill anyone whose name gets printed in the pages of the book and Light decides that he's going to punish bad people by putting them into the death book. Sure, it sounds like The Punisher with homework but like I said, the franchise is big amongst manga heads. There's been multiple volumes of the manga, anime films, a Japanese live action film, novels, video games. I imagine breath mints can't be far behind.

Warners has Roy Lee and Doug Davison from Vertigo Films, Dan Lin and Brian Witten producing. Charley and Vlas Parlapanides are adapting the manga to screenplay format, using material from the first three books for the film's story.

Here, have a taste of the Japanese live-action adaptation. I have to say that the CG artists got the look of the death god perfect for the film.

 

 

-Variety.

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