Warner adapting Japanese Death Note

Warner Brothers has acquired rights to turn the Japanese manga series Death Note into a live-action film, Variety reported.

The studio has hired screenwriters Charley and Vlas Parlapanides to adapt.

The 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.

The 13-volume manga is a best-seller in Japan, and the film will be drawn from the first three installments, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata for Shueisha Inc.

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