In the first decade of the century, when young kids took shelter from the society they didn’t yet understand in subcultures like emo and gothic lolita styles, Death Note were one of the referents. Specially in Japan, but it also hit mildly in the rest of the world. All this universe was based on the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. There were a few movies and TV series in Japan form the first Desu nôto (2006) until nowadays. But now, Hollywood has decided to make their own american version.
In the words of Warner Bros. Pictures, “Light Turner, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.”. It was Warner who were in charge of the movie, but they dropped the project right before going into production. It was then when Netflix bought the rights and crew for the story. Producer Roy Lee has stated that the film is “definetly for adults. It has a zero chance it will get below an R-rating“, and “[Death Note] will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements“. Those statements absolutely bring more interest in the project!
This american version is directed by Adam Wingard, a prolific young filmmaker responsable of Blair Witch (2016), You’re Next (2011) and the segments “Tape 56” in V/H/S (2012), “Q Is for Quack” in The ABCs of Death (2012) and “Phase I Clinical Trials” in V/H/S/2 (2013). The main cast is formed by Lakeith Stanfield, Shea Whigham, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk. Music is always a key piece in every good thriller, and in this one we can feel lucky since the soundtrack is in charge of ambient industrial master Atticus Ross, frequent collaborator of director David Fincher.
The movie is currently in the filming status, but a few images are already leaking. We will have to wait for the 25th of August 2017 for Netflix to release on its Video on Deman platform around the world, but meanwhile there is the official teaser trailer released yesterday for our enjoyment:
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