After being stuck in development limbo for a long time, it seems that the US remake of Death Note is starting to show signs of life (see what I did there?). For the uninitiated, Death Note is an immensely popular psychological thriller manga/anime about a book called the Death Note, which has the power to kill the people whose names are written on its pages, and two rival geniuses who spent the whole series trying to outsmart each other, with the Death Note firmly stuck in the middle of their conflict.
According to director Shane Black, the US adaptation of Death Note is still under development, but it is going just as planned, so the movie will definitely see the light of the day if no proverbial wrench is thrown in the development wheel in the near future.
As for the direction the movie is going to take, Black has this to say:
“Lose the Demon, we don’t want the kid to be evil… they just kept qualifying it until it ceased to exist,” Black said during a panel at Long Beach Comic-Con. Black assured his audience that both (very important) story elements are back in the script and everything is going just as planned, mentioning that “the creation of a villain” and Light’s “downward spiral” is integral to the story.
There is currently no word on whether Keannu Reaves will have a part in the movies, and thank goodnes for that.