Variety reports Nat Wolff, of The Fault In Out Stars and Paper Towns, has signed on to star in Warner Bros. English-language adaptation of Death Note. He will play "a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim's name."
While I know of Death Note — and its story prompt is eye-catching — I've never had a chance to watch the series or read chapters of the manga. So, my appeal to Death Note fans: I want to know how you feel about this. Is it like the Akira adaptation: a thing you hope will never actually materialize? I always wonder if these stories work outside of their original cultural context. And considering the idiosyncrasies I've seen in the anime I have watched, will its qualities get lost in the translation? Or, can that strong log line generate a quality big budget thriller?
According to Variety, Shane Black was previously attached to the project, which suggests the adaptation piqued his curiosity. It will now be helmed by Your Next's Adam Wingard.