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Gus Van Sant directing a Death Note movie?!

July 11th, 2014 by Marc Comments

Now that Shane Black is working on a new Predator movie, it was thought that his Deathnote project was forgotten about…

However, according to Tracking Board, it seems it’s anything but. They report that Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant is attacted to direct.

They also add: “The film follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him. Van Sant replaces Shane Black, who was attached to direct as recently as 2013. The most recent draft of the script was written by Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Charles Mondry. Dan Lin, Doug Davison, Roy Lee, and Brian Witten are producing through Vertigo Entertainment, Witten Pictures, and Lin Pictures. Vertigo and Lin Pictures were both involved with this year’s enormously popular “Lego Movie.”

Van Sant is a great film-maker if not the most obvious choice for a movie like this, but in our experience the choice that is talented and not entirely obvious is quite often the best one.

It should be interesting to see if this US version can stand against the Manga or live-action Japanese movies…


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….