The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ Adam Wingard Latest to Sign 'Death Note'

Honey Buzz ~ Adam Wingard Latest to Sign 'Death Note'

First it was Shane Black, director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. Then it was indie auteur Gus Van Sant. Now, it seems that You're Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard is the latest to sign on to the American remake of the Japanese Death Note films.

Personally, I'm starting to wonder if someone is using the film's eponymous murderous notebook on directors... But more on that in a minute.

In Japan, Death Note is a series of manga from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata that was turned into two live action films, a spin-off film, and an anime series. The whole shebang focuses on Light Yagami, a college student who discovers a notebook that, when he writes a name on its pages, gives him the power to kill. Light decides to use the notebook to rid the world of evil, becoming a serial killer known to authorities as "Kira." As Light becomes a vigilante hero, a reclusive detective makes it his personal mission to bring down Kira and end his crusade, righteous though it may be.

Given the massive popularity of Death Note in its native country, it's not all that surprising a North American remake is in the works. What is surprising is that the project has been floating around since at least 2011, and Wingard is just the latest in a long line of prestigious directors who have circled the film. Word is that Death Note will be Wingard's next project after he finishes up The Woods for Lionsgate, so this may finally signal some real forward motion on the adaptation.

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(Source: Collider)