Via MTV Splashpage: Warner Bros. is going ahead with their planned adaptation of Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi’s seminal work Death Note. In the manga, the Death Note was used by reapers to keep track of souls ready for harvest, and in the hands of a human it give the user the ability to kill anyone by writing down their names in it.
The giant Hollywood studio is currently in talks with Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” to helm the project, alongside his colleagues and collaborators Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, who have worked with him on a different Sony Pictures project.
Death Note was first serialized by Shueisha in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump. It has gone on to become one of the most popular and controversial manga series in the entire world. It sold over twenty five million collected comic volumes in Japan alone, and was nominated in the American Anime Awards of 2006 as Best Mange.
The manga also spawned a slew of copycat crimes and school-related mishaps — including Belgium’s grisly Manga Murders, and school expulsions in China and the United States (where students were caught walking around with fake Death Notes listing down names of classmates and teachers).