U.S. Death Note Adaptation Coming (is that a threat or a promise?)

Death Note

Warner Bros has aquired the rights to Japan’s popular Death Note manga and plans to adapt the first 3 installments of the 13 volume series into a new live action movie.

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Death Note 2006

While I have yet to read the manga, I recently really got into the Japanese films and anime series. The story revolves around a teenage student who comes across a notebook dropped by a Shinigami (Death God), this notebook gives it’s bearer the power to kill anyone simply by writing their name.

Being the optimist that I am, I won’t immediately assume this will be another watered down American bastardization. I do look forward to seeing what they can do with a bigger budget, one weakness of the Japanese films being it’s cheesy looking cgi. This is a great chance to really explore the Shinigami Realm in depth and truly bring Ryuk and his bizarre brethren to life!

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Ryuk in the Shinigami Realm from Death Note #1

Oh by the way, you can read the entire manga for free right here.