Shane Black Writes A “Death Note”

“Lethal Weapon” scribe and “The Long Kiss Goodnight” writer/director Shane Black has signed onto direct an adaptation of the manga title “Death Note” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Deadline.

The story revolves around a college student named Light who finds a mysterious notebook which has the unique power to kill anyone whose name is written in it.

When the student uses his newfound power to rid the streets of criminals, he is pursued by an FBI criminologist. The title has already spawned a number of features and TV shows.

Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry are currently writing the script and Black says the aim is to stick as close to the complexity and spirituality of the original manga as possible rather than “trying to copy it as an American thriller”.