Netflix’s has been able to take some of the world’s most cherished comic and manga literature turning them into gold. Now the pen may be mightier than the sword as Netflix released a teaser trailer to the US adaptation of Japanese manga-turned-anime-turned-movie, ‘Death Note’.
Death Note sparked tremendous success in its native country Japan, as a serialized manga in 2003 and was a for its demagoguery character Light possessing a book that gave hin the power of controlling life; literally controlling someone’s life. The manga would then adapted into an anime, multiple video games, and three live-action films. Yesterday, we got the first look at the US version of ‘Death Note’ where it has a different feel and approach than its Japanese counterpart.
During an interview with Collider, director Adam Wingard how his team was allowed to have original anime justice without any usual cinematic restraint than normal:
“We can do whatever we want. That was the cool thing about it because it’s an anime film. So, technically, it’s a cartoon that you’re bring to life. To me, the thing about anime is that it’s so adult-oriented. I remember going to Suncoast growing up and you see Akira there with the little “Not for Kids” sticker on it. That always made an impact on me. So, doing my first live-action anime thing, to me it was important that you have those adult themes. So, it’s got nudity, it’s got swearing, it’s got a ton of violence.”
Although many are open to this new approach, but remaking the widely beloved property may prove to be challenging. Although the cast doesn’t resound with the clamoring of Asian actors portraying the characters if Wingard doesn’t bring the essences of these characters to life then, the fury of fans will rain down on this version of Death Note.
Check out the latest trailer for Netflix’s ‘Death Note’:
Death Note will star, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk with a release on August 25th, 2017.