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Yesterday, a Hollywood Reporter story revealed that Warner Bros. doesn’t want to take risks on smaller projects in the wake of Batman v Superman‘s tumultuous box office and will make fewer movies, focusing on major tentpole releases. We may already be seeing the impact of this new policy: director Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of Death Note has been dropped by the studio. Thankfully, Netflix arrived to pick it up.

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A Hollywood adaptation of the popular manga Death Note has been in the works for some time, with Shane Black announced to direct back in 2011. Since then, Black has dropped out, You’re Next director Adam Wingard stepped in, and a cast has started to take shape. It’s happening. For real this time! Maybe. Hopefully?

Anyway, a new interview with producer Roy Lee has offered a few updates on the American adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and fans should be happy to know that they don’t plan to tone this macabre story down.

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Margaret Qualley in The Leftovers

Adam Wingard has found another new name for his Death Note. The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley is set to join Nat Wolff in Warner Bros.’ live-action, English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, about a magical notebook that kills people. (Just go with it.) Learn more about the new Death Note female lead below.  Read More »

outcast trailer

The new Outcast trailer has answers for all of your burning questions. What show will Cinemax add to its line-up to actually make you tune in when The Knick isn’t airing? When will The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman take advantage of his TV clout and bring another series based on his work to the small screen? Where did that kid from Almost Famous go? The short answers: “Outcast,” “just about right now,” and “right here and ready to battle demons on weekly basis for your amusement.”

And with those pressing queries out of the way, you can watch the new Outcast trailer for yourself after the jump.

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Furious 8 director

This year’s Furious 7 pulled in over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, but Furious 8 has yet to find a director despite a release date set for April 14th, 2017. But a director for the eighth installment of the popular car heist series has been hard to nail down. Earlier this we reported that Universal Pictures had narrowed their Fast and Furious 8 director search to three finalists. But now Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray confirms he has signed on to direct Furious 8.

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Nat Wolff to Lead Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’

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Death Note is targeting Nat Wolff. The Paper Towns star will lead Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series, about a notebook that brings death to anyone whose name is written in its pages. Which, okay, sounds kind of dumb when I put it that way. But trust me, it’s cooler than I’m making it sound. Read about the Nat Wolff Death Note casting after the jump.  Read More »

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Adam Wingard to Direct ‘Death Note’

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After You’re Next and The Guest, Adam Wingard has found his next creepy movie premise. He’s signed on to direct Death Note, a live-action feature based on the popular Japanese manga series. At the center of a story is a notebook that causes the death of anyone whose name is written in its pages. More on the Adam Wingard Death Note news after the jump.  Read More »

Jason Eisener The Guest trailer

The Guest opened in a handful of theaters last weekend, and to celebrate that Hobo With a Shotgun director Jason Eisener cut together a really spectacular short trailer for the film. It’s a tight blast of action, color and music that perfectly captures the vibe of the film, in which Dan Stevens plays a very capable and very violent man acting on grim intentions.

We didn’t post that trailer last week (blame the distraction of Fantastic Fest and MondoCon) but want to show it to you now as the film heads into its second weekend. As a bonus, the film’s producers are offering a little incentive to those who might go see the film this weekend: tweet a photo of your ticket stub, and they’ll hook you up with a free download of the film’s soundtrack. See the Jason Eisener The Guest trailer and get more details on the soundtrack offer below.

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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: The following review was published by Germain Lussier on January 19th 2014 from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is out in theaters this week:

The films by director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett always have one thing in common. They are obviously influenced by an intense passion for movies, but are not overtly obvious about referencing those movies. In that sense, The Guest might feel like something you’ve seen before. It’s got the basic feel of a stalker film from the late ’80s or early ’90s, but filtered through the action of Quentin Tarantino, the music of John Carpenter, the ideas of James Cameron and almost too many others to mention. There’s action, sci-fi, horror, comedy… you name it, this movie has it. The result is a fresh, fun film that crescendos from title to credits with suspense, laughs and violence. Read More »