Is The World Ready For Warner Bros' American Death Note?

It's time for a whole new audience to become scared of smart boys writing in notebooks, as Japanese horror manga Death Note is heading for a American movie remake. Make sure no-one knows your name!

Warners have picked up the rights to adapt Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's suspenseful 12 volume series about a teenager who ends up in possession of a notebook that allows him to murder anyone anywhere in the world, as long as he has seen them and knows their real name, according to Variety, and are clearly looking at the potential for a franchise; the movie will, apparently, only adapt the first quarter of the series.

Death Note has been phenomenally successful in its native country, spawning anime, three live action movies, a video game and a prose novel. It has also - somewhat unsurprisingly, given its amoral nature - inspired some copycat crimes, including one Belgian murder where the killer claimed to Death Note's fictional killer, Kira. It'll be interesting to see what, if any, steps Warners will take to avoid similar controversy from this more mainstream movie version.

Warner brings 'Death' to bigscreen [Variety]