After all this talk of Shane Black's excitement and defense of the Death Note film, it seems that he's now been ousted as director. The Tracking Board has reported that Gus van Sant has taken up the reins instead.
Gus van Sant is most famous for his movies Good Will Hunting and Milk. Coincidentally, I watched Milk just recently and raved about it with everyone that I know. It certainly promises that the director will find the depths in Death Note.
As far as I can currently ascertain, the script produced by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry is still that on the table. I do hope so, because otherwise Warner might push for their alternative script, where Light was the good guy with a poor upbringing/trauma leading to his dodgy choices.
However, there is hope in that he remade Psycho once, and did that practically shot by shot identical to the original black and white one.
I've just realised that he was also the director of My Own Private Idaho. Huge grin here. That's one of my favourite films of all time! I'm definitely feeling good about him doing Death Note.
According to Gus van Sant's profile on IMDb, there are some trademark things that we can therefore expect for the Death Note movie too:
- Music by Danny Elfman (works for me!)
- Casting Matt Dillon, Matt Damon, Keanu Reeves, James Remar and/or Grace Zabriskie (time for us to start picking out roles for them)
- Arty shots of cloud formations (possibly when the Death Note falls to Earth?)
- End credits over home video footage (... Yagami household when the kids were little?)
More as soon as I know it!