For Death Note fans, it feels like a lifetime has passed since we first heard that Shane Black was set to direct a movie for us. It comes as quite a shock to realize that announcement came only three years ago. Since then, it's all been about waiting for Shane to be free.
If you recall, back in 2011, Shane Black had three projects in the pipeline. He opted to direct Iron Man 3 first. That's long since been in on the silver screen, so the fandom held its breath to see what would come next.
Drat! It was Doc Savage. The movie is currently in production. As of September 2013, Shane was just piecing together his cast and talking to the media about in what direction he plans to take it.
We'd all be forgiven for thinking that the Death Note movie is imminent. If Doc Savage was cast in September, and it's now June 2014, then surely it's close to post-production and out of the way. But no. Since last autumn, Doc Savage seems to have gone off the boil somewhat.
The IMDb entry for Doc Savage appears to be stuck on 'script'. No closing credits, no cast listed, not even a date for release even tentatively on the horizon. So if it's all gone away, does that mean its OUR big moment?
This is a movie so hot off the press, that it hasn't even GOT an IMDb entry yet. *sigh* The one thing that we can be absolutely sure about, it's not Death Note!
However, our movie does still seem to be a Thing That Will One Day Happen. It still has an entry in the IMDb, which was last updated only two months ago on 23rd April 2014. And that was to update the status to 'script', i.e. exactly the same as Doc Savage!
It sounds like Shane Black has finally got one that he likes for the Death Note movie adaptation. This reality has been fraught with problems, since Warner Bros were originally adamant that Kira should be the Good Guy. Fortunately Shane fought our corner, thus proving to the fandom that our story is in safe hands.
Beyond this, all Death Note fans have to go on is what Shane told Bleeding Cool last year:
Bros. called Death Note that I like a lot. It’s a
Japanese Manga that’s very tense and really cool.
~ Shane Black, April 24th 2013
If there are still cinemas by that point.