This is going to be a devisive topic.
Hands up those of you who hate Hollywood remakes of Japanese properties? Okay... Hands up those of you who don't? Interesting.
Now hands up fans of Death Note
. I see. Well, it's getting the Hollywood do-over, I'm afraid.
For the few people wondering what that ear-shattering cry of anger was, Death Note
is a very, very special story. It's a 12 volume Japanese manga (with a bonus thirteenth volume detailing the history of the characters) with a difference.Death Note
centres around a brilliant yet bored student, Light Yagami, who one day finds a notebook with the power of death dropped by an equally bored Death God. With the power to kill any human simply by writing their name in the book, Light decides to use the Death Note to clean up the world of all crime, leading to a confrontation with L, the world's greatest detective. Think the best of Hitchcock with the pace of 24
, set from the viewpoint of the antagonist whilst simultaneously giving you the option to root for either side. Yeah.
Is this a good thing? It's hard to tell. Death Note
has already received a 50-episode anime makeover as well as three pretty 'meh' Japanese movies, so it's not like this is the first time it's been done. It will be damn hard, however, to contain the twists and turns of the manga to a mere two hours. The only thing that is known is that the film will be based on the first three books in the series. So expect no resolution whatsoever.