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Vertigo Scribbling Death Note Remake
June 2, 2008

Within Universal's production notes for The Strangers it has been revealed - under producer Doug Davison's bio - writers Vlas and Charles Parlapanides are penning an American remake of Death Note for Vertigo Films. The brothers are currently overseeing the development of CW's upcoming television series Undercover, directed by John Stockwell (Turistas).

Death Note, Shusuke Kaneko's adaptation of the popular manga, has become a cult hit and spawned a sequel Death Note: The Last Name. The story concerns a student, Light Yagami, who discovers a notebook that gives him the ability to jot someone's name down within its pages and kill someone.

Vertigo, in addition to producing Strangers, is also at work on a remake of Anguish.

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Posted by: T-800 on June 2, 2008 at 13:57:47

F**k the Remake. Just watch the original Japanese version.

Posted by: cowstaff on June 2, 2008 at 14:47:57

I just recently found out about the manga, and started watching it. Didn't even know there was a movie.

Posted by: McHateN' on June 2, 2008 at 15:01:16

I F***ing knew it. After finishing the first movie I said, how long before Hollywood would eventually remake this. Guess WHAT! Their at it again. When they had the special screening on May 20 thru 21 I went to one of them it was a packed and after that I was like "Uh-oh,remake".

Posted by: Tannim on June 2, 2008 at 15:03:41

Light isn't a criminologist... he's a highschool kid when he finds the Death Note.

Posted by: Fox Mulder on June 2, 2008 at 16:38:52

I really want to check out this movie. I saw a brief bit and it looks fantastic, but a Hollywood remake is a terrible sounding idea. Then again...when does a remake of a Japanese film ever sound good? They will always be terrible and a disgrace to the originals.

Posted by: Ryuk on June 2, 2008 at 17:20:39

My greatest fear lies in the setting. Death Note has such a complex story, and so little of it has ANYTHING to do with America. I really hope they don't suddenly make Light Yagami into Lance Yeller, a kid in New York or something...keep the location of the series in Japan at the very least. After that, Hollywood could be free to inevitably rape the hell out of something else I adore.

Death Note is a brilliant series, and can be very lucrative indeed if someone decided to put a little effort into a remake.

Posted by: Rem on June 2, 2008 at 18:57:56

Yesss!! I've seen the Japanese movies, and they're terrible. True, Hollywood has been known to rape Japanese movies in the past, but really, how could anything Hollywood does be WORSE than the original movies?? Yes, the manga and anime are awesome, and those CAN be raped by a Hollywood movie, but even so...IF this is done correctly, this movie could be awesome too, and bring in many, many new fans. Which we all know "Death Note" deserves.

I'm not at all surprised to hear this (if this is true at all, that is). They're making an Avatar: Airbender movie, and though that's not technically anime as it's American, it's modeled on anime. If it's successful - but you never know, M. Night whatever is directing it and could easily screw it up - then I predict there'll be a number of other anime-type movies in its wake, much like "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" started a trend of fantasy movies.

I'm also worried about the location. They should keep it in Japan, not re-locate it to the states. And I'm worried about what they're gonna do with the word "Kira". It can be seen - by idiots who don't know the original version - as a promotion of the stereotype of Engrish-speaking Japanese. Yet they can't really translate the term either: you can't simply call the killer "killer" throughout the whole movie. So what would/will they do?

This could go one of two ways. It could be utterly brilliant or it could be a catastrophe. Depends completely on the people making the thing.

Posted by: garrett.king on June 2, 2008 at 18:59:11

just as long as they get someone who'll follow the actual story close enough and not **** it up like the Japanese version of the film is ****ed up. It looks so cheesy and so bad and they could do so much better. Opening up with Ryuk in the first place. This one is gonna be difficult for many a fanboy.

Posted by: Thunder on June 3, 2008 at 01:20:25

I can't wait! It's going to be so awesome.

Posted by: joe asylo on June 3, 2008 at 01:31:40

i rather keep my bootleg versions. period.

Posted by: bloodchains on June 3, 2008 at 01:49:22

Why not just show the original Death Note movie, with English dub? They do that a lot with Chinese movies, right?

Posted by: Joe on June 3, 2008 at 01:53:50

The live action Death note movie SUCKED!! it was trash!!. The way the manga ended was anti climactic and I cant wait for the american remake it should be 1000 times better than the one Japan put out. The only saving grace was Ryuk, i paid to see it in theatres and now i will down load the other two movies from japan because it was a waste of money

Posted by: J.Gray-man on June 3, 2008 at 02:38:26

I'm not against remake but do we really need this. The Japanese movies are great as it is eventhough the ending differ from the manga. And most American remake just sucks big time.

Posted by: Red Hood on June 3, 2008 at 02:45:52

Damn my brother was right...he told me that American will surely be remaking the Death Note which to me is a really bad idea.

Posted by: charliemay on June 3, 2008 at 03:11:32

the live action film wasn't that great anyway. looking forward to this one.

Posted by: okoku on June 3, 2008 at 04:16:30

"Kira" has nothing to do with "Killer."

from Tokyo

Posted by: Dinosaur Ryuuzaki on June 3, 2008 at 13:02:06

Harry Potter written in Japanese gets written out as Ha-ri Po-ta. Ki-ra is the same thing, the closest match to the word Killer in the Japanese alphabet(s). R and L are sorta interchangable which is why L uses the occassional alias like Ryuuzaki.

Posted by: Incarnate009 on June 3, 2008 at 15:38:34

An American Death Note? That's awesome! My friend will be bouncing off the walls!! I hope they don't skip the Yotsuba Arc the way they did in the original Japanese films.

Posted by: Jay on June 4, 2008 at 00:43:44


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