Death Note to be directed by Good Will Hunting’s Gus Van Sant

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There are many types of directors out there. You have your blow ’em up kind like Michael Bay, artsy directors like Baz Luhrmann (Great Gatsby), and Oscar-worthy directors like Steven Spielberg. And then there are the directors who are known to do dramas, like Gus Van Sant. This piece of news comes out of left field, as Van Sant will be helming the live-action Death Note movie, according to The Tracking Board. The film is based on the manga and anime of the same name, with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black originally set to direct.

Death Note is about a popular high school student named Light who finds a book that can kill people, simply by writing their first and last name down. He is being tracked by L, a mysterious and eccentric detective, in a game of cat and mouse.

Van Sant has directed movies like Milk and Good Will Hunting, however, he knows a thing or two about directing murder dramas. He did direct the remake of Psycho.

Death Note has been adapted as a live-action film two times in Japan. Light was played by Tatsuya Fujiwara, who also was the main lead in Battle Royale.

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