Frank Wildhorn Writing DEATH NOTE Musical; Set for South Korea Premiere in 2015

According to NariNari, Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde) is currently working on turning Japanese manga series Death Note into a musical. Wildhorn, who is writing the score, is collaborating with Jack Murphy, who will write the lyrics. The musical is set to premiere in South Korea in 2015, with direction by Tamiya Kuriyama.

There is no word yet on whether the new musical will make its way to New York City.

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Death Note is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata. It centers on Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the titular "Death Note". This notebook grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face they know. The series follows Light's subsequent efforts to create a criminal-freeutopia using the notebook, and the efforts of a detective known as L to stop him.

Death Note was first serialized in 108 chapters by Shueisha in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Sh?nen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. The series was also published in tank?bon format in Japan starting in May 2004 and ending in October 2006 with a total of twelve volumes. The anime series aired in Japan from October 3, 2006, to June 26, 2007. Composed of 37 episodes, the anime was developed by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuro Araki. A light novel based on the series, written by Nisio Isin, was released in Japan. Additionally, various video games have been published by Konami forNintendo DS. The series was adapted into live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006, and February 2, 2008.

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