THE GUEST Helmer Adam Wingard to Direct DEATH NOTE Movie

‘You’re Next’ and ‘The Guest’ director Adam Wingard has, according to the fine folks over at THR, signed on to take the reins of Hollywood’s big screen take on the popular Japanese manga series ‘Death Note.’

Created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the horror series follows Light Yagami, “a high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami – a God of Death – named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil… namely the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone hold such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.”

Producers on the project include Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and actor Masi Oka. Wingard replaces Shane Black who was initially set to direct.

‘Death Note’ was previously brought to the silver screen with a series of live-action films in Japan, along with a successful anime series.