by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Adam Wingard, a rising star in indie horror right now, has been tapped by Warner Bros to helm their adaptation of the Japanese horror manga Death Note, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story revolves around a student Light Yagami, who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill someone simply by writing their name in said notebook. Yagami decides he is going to rid the world of evil and begins to kill people that he deems “bad.” Soon Yagami is put into a game of cat-and-mouse with a reclusive police officer that is tracking him.
The film has already been adapted in its homeland, even spawning a sequel.
Originally Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was on deck to direct this, but his plate is a little full at the moment. Black is currently filming the crime-thriller The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Then he may work on either a Doc Savage flick or a Predator sequel. The only project Wingard has upcoming is the Lionsgate project The Woods, which he co-wrote with longtime collaborator Simon Barrett and starts shooting this summer.
Wingard is making a name for himself in horror. He’s done segments in the ABC’s Of Death and V/H/S series. But he really came into his own with the home invasion film You’re Next and the sleeper hit of 2014 The Guest. I think he’s a great pick for any horror film – I just hope he doesn’t get bored with the genre and start to become complacent in his work.