Story centers on a college student who accidentally finds a misplaced "death note," infusing him with the power to kill merely by writing anyone's name on the page while picturing the person in his mind.
- Director Shane Black was quoted saying: "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."
- Director Shane Black started out as a writer, working on films like the Leathal Weapon series and even co-scripting The Monster Squad in the late 80's.
- Charley and Vlas Parlapanides were replaced by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, most likely due to the script leak.
- A first draft of the script by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides was apparently leaked online in the Fall of 2009, which may or may not have resulted the project being put on hold for further rewrites.
- Writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides were originally hired to adapt the project.
- Zac Efron (High School Musical, 17 Again) has reportedly had meetings with the producers with the possibility of having a lead role in the film.
- Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Strangers, The Uninvited) will produce with Dan Lin's Lin Pictures and Brian Witten.
- Warner Bros. is behind this.
- It's said that the film will not be based on either the popular Anime or the Japanese live-action movies, and will draw more specifically from the first three installments of the manga.
- This is a US adaptation of the original 13-volume Japanese manga series.