Warner Bros. has penciled in a new name to direct their Death Note movie, which will be the latest adaptation of the popular horror manga series (originally published from 2003 – 2006) that followed a notebook with a very unusual and deadly ability.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) will direct Death Note for Warner Bros, a project that Shane Black was originally set to helm. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs, and Masi Oka produce the latest film adaptation of the manga series that was written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

When Black was lined up for the director's chair, he was going to direct from a screenplay scribed by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, but since that time, Jeremy Slater (2015's Fantastic Four, The Lazarus Effect) has written a new draft that Wingard will work from.

For those unfamiliar with Death Note, it's a very popular manga, anime, and Japanese movie series in which high school student Light Yagami discovers an unusual notebook called the "Death Note". When the book's owner writes the name of the person and the way they die, it comes true shortly after. Light begins to test the book and eventually uses it in an effort to rule as a god over Earth.

Before stepping behind the camera on Death Note, Adam Wingard will direct the horror film, The Woods, this summer for Lionsgate. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates on the new Death Note movie.

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Source: THR
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