American playwright Ivan Menchell has been announced as the scriptwriter for Death Note the Musical.
This is hardly shock news. He habitually works with composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist Jack Murphy, both of whom were on board with the project last month.
The trio have collaborated on the Broadway productions of Bonnie & Clyde and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The former, at least, holds potential for working out how his Death Note script might look.
Bonnie and Clyde were real world criminals/folk heroes/psychopathic robbers (depending upon your point of view), who were the scourge of Texas law enforcement agencies during the Great Depression. The lovers basically went on a murder spree, holding up anything with money that they could stick their guns into, as an alternative to crippling poverty in the American south.
Dark and dramatic enough for Light Yagami? Possibly. Let's listen to a song from the Broadway show to find out:
Moving swiftly on...
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, you may be more familiar with Ivan Menchell's television work. He was both writer and producer on episodes of CBS's The Nanny and Fox's Time of your Life.
Ivan Menchell's scriptwriting credentials will also be exhibited in the upcoming Adam Sandler movie Blended. That will hit the silver screens in March 2014.
Do we think that the musical Death Note script is in safe hands? You may follow Ivan on Twitter at @TheIvanMenchell to keep in with the gossip.
Also announced this week is precisely when and where the premier of Death Note the Musical will take place. In April 2015, it will launch at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo, Japan.
After a two month run, the Death Note stage show will move to South Korea, where it'll be performed at the LG Arts Center, in Seoul, duing July and August of the same year.
Anybody hoping to see it?