Adam Wingard is working on bringing DEATH NOTE to the big screen. The tale, about a teenager that discovers he can kill someone simply by writing their name in a mysterious notebook he found, was geared towards adults when it was released as a manga in 2003. According to Roy Lee, who is producing the live-action adaptation, the film will also be strictly for adults.
"It’s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating,” Lee told Collider. He also said that the film's tone “will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”
In terms of the status of the project, Lee says that most of the pieces have fallen into place, but they have yet to get the official go-ahead. "[Wingard] is currently waiting for us to officially greenlight the movie, but we have a cast in place. I think it’s been reported but I don’t remember yet, I’d have to check the site, so I don’t want to say anything yet. But it’s a movie we’re planning on making this year," the producer says.
On the subject of a cast, what has been announced is that Nat Wolff (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) is set to play the lead character.