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Nat Wolff, the rising actor who starred in Paper Towns, is in negotiations to star in Death Note, an adaptation of the horror manga being developed at Warner Bros.
Adam Wingard, the filmmaker behind indie genre gems such as The Guest and You’re Next, is making his studio helming debut with the project, which is being produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka.
The story centers on a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name. He then decides to cleanse the world of those he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.
Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) wrote the most recent draft of the script.
Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve are shepherding the project for the studio. Brian Witten and Doug Davison are exec producing.
In addition to building YA cred with Towns, Wolff appeared in a supporting role in The Fault in Our Stars, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the John Green young adult sensation.
The actor also currently can be seen onscreen in two films: Grandma, the Paul Weitz-directed drama starring Lily Tomlin, and The Intern, Nancy Meyers’ workplace comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
Wolff is repped by CAA and Untitled.
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