Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) is reported to be in final talks to take on the lead role in Warner Bros. live action adaptation of Death Note directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, V/H/S). Death Note has been in development for a number of years over at Warner Bros., Shane Black was once set to direct back in 2011 until other scheduling conflicts forced him to drop out.
Wolff is riding high after the box office successes of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. This role will be a little different from those though. Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a young man who finds a book called Death Note. That is the property of a rogue Shinigami Death God and has the power to kill any human whose name is written in the book.
Here’s the Manga synopsis:
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life? Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?
Now I imagine that there will be some changes with this American adaptation such as the name and other basic information. There’s already a trilogy of Japanese live action Death Note films out there.
There’s also the original Manga animated series:
What do you think? Wolff certainly has the acting chops to take on this role, but will an American version translate well with fans?