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.
“Itâ€™s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating,â€ Lee told Collider. He also said that the film’s tone â€œwill be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.â€
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 itâ€™s been reported but I donâ€™t remember yet, Iâ€™d have to check the site, so I donâ€™t want to say anything yet. But itâ€™s a movie weâ€™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.