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Ring's Hideo Nakata to Helm Death Note Spinoff

posted on 2007-04-12 09:47 EDT
Ken'ichi Matsuyama to reprise the role of L in 2008 release

Variety has confirmed a Sankei Sports report that Hideo Nakata, the director of several Ringu movies including the first, will now direct the Death Note spinoff movie tentatively titled "L." His last completed film was the ghost story Kaidan, and producers are planning the Death Note spinoff for a 2008 release.

Ken'ichi "Matsu-Ken" Matsuyama has already signed on to reprise his role of L, the detective adversary of the Death Note main lead Light. Producer Takahiro Satô announced that the staff is "aiming for a big hit in America with the teamup of Nakata and Matsu-Ken." Production will begin in August, with a teaser trailer set to begin showing in Japanese theaters on April 14.

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