Based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the film is being directed by Adam Wingard, with a script from Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, Vlas Parlapanides and most recently, Jeremy Slater. Dan Lin, Masi Oka, and Brian Witten will produce, with Roy Lee, Adam C. Stone, John Powers Middleton, and Doug Davison all on board to executive produce.
Wolff is eyeing the role of ‘Light’, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that enables him to kill anyone by simply writing the victim’s name in it. With his newfound powers, Light decides to launch a covert crusade to cleanse the world of dangerous criminals. Soon, however, a famous police officer begins to investigate the murders, and the student-turned-vigilante must outsmart him in order to evade his potential captor.
The project had stalled at Warner Bros. after both Shane Black and Gus Van Sant dropped out. Wingard’s involvement has brought a new energy to the project, and Wolff’s circling is the latest sign that the popular manga will make its way to the big screen after all.
Wolff, who first entered the spotlight on Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band, landed a strong supporting role in 2014’s tear-jerker The Fault in Our Stars. He can currently be seen in the Nancy Meyer’s comedy The Intern alongside Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, as well as festival-darling Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer