Netflix announced earlier today principal photography has commenced on their upcoming Death Note movie. Directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Woods), the adaptation is based on the popular manga written by Sugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The cast includes Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as “L,” Paul Nakauchi as Watari, and Shea Whigham as James Turner.
The Netflix film is the first Western adaptation of Death Note, which has already inspired a live-action television series, three live-action films and a musical. Producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin had this to say about the project:
“Our vision for Death Note has always been to bring this captivating story to the screen for its longtime manga fans and to introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece. The talent and diversity represented in our cast, writing, and producing teams reflect our belief in staying true to the story’s concept of moral relevance — a universal theme that knows no racial boundaries.”
Death Note follows a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. The Netflix version does seem to include a few changes, including names, so we will see how those flesh out in the finished product. No doubt, Death Note fans will be waiting with eager anticipation.
Wingard also weighed in on the film:
“I am honored to be working with this great cast and I look forward to bringing Tsugumi and Takeshi’s unique story to a global audience.”
A release date for the Death Note movie has yet to be announced.