Shane Black, the once incredibly prolific spec script wunderkind (he sold Lethal Weapon on spec for $250,000 straight out of UCLA film school and went on an absolute tear after that) has been tapped by Warner Brothers to direct his follow up to 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, an adaptation of his favorite Japanese Manga: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note. Black will oversee a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and he sounds VERY excited about the project:
“It’s my favorite manga, I was just struck by its unique and brilliant sensibility,” Black said. “What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller. Jeff Robinov and Greg Silverman liked that.”

Death Note, about a mystical notebook that has the power to kill anyone who's name is written on it, has sold over 38 million copies worldwide, and has been  franchised into animated and feature films, a cartoon series, novels and video games in Japan. (Deadline)