Despite only one out of the three films actually being any good, the director of A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next and The Guest is certainly busy. He’s going to shoot The Woods this summer, a horror film which is rumoured to be connected with The Blair Witch Project but that’s virtually all we know about it [get ready for lots of Adam’s shakycam then]. He’s also currently on board for I Saw the Devil, a remake of the 2010 Korean revenge thriller.
Now it seems that he’s got his next project lined up. Death Note is a popular Japanese manga series which ran in Japan from 2003 to 2006. It inspired an anime series which ran from 2006 to 2007, as well as trio of live-action Japanese-language films released between 2006 and 2008. A Hollywood remake was talked about a few years ago with Shane Black having apparently written a screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Fantastic Four’s Jeremy Slater has written a new screenplay and that Wingard has signed on to direct. I feel that Wingard made huge leaps as a filmmaker with The Guest, and the premise is strong, so this could be promising.
There isn’t an official synopsis for this film yet, but the manga follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone in the world simply by writing their name and picturing their face. He decides to use the power to create a world cleansed of evil, and begins to kill people he deems unworthy. Meanwhile, the police have taken notice of the rising body count, and a cat-and-mouse game ensues as one particular detective, a mysterious young recluse, begins to chase after the student.
The new English-language feature is set up at Warner Bros. The Lego Movie‘s Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing, along with Jason Hoffs [producer of Edge of Tomorrow, also based on a Japanese property] and Masi Oka [best known for playing Hiro in Heroes].