Hollywood’s live-action take on the popular manga series ‘Death Note’ continues to move forward, with Variety hearing word that Nat Wolff (‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ ‘Paper Towns’) is in final talks for the lead.
Created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata, ‘Death Note’ 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.”
Wildly popular in Japan, the manga has been spun into live-action and animated films, an animated TV series, novels and videogames.
‘You’re Next’ and ‘The Guest’ filmmaker Adam Wingard is attached to direct, with the most recent draft of the script coming from Jeremy Slater (‘Fantastic Four’).