Netflix’s Death Note Will Go Down the Violent and Crazy Road

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Death Note seems to be enjoying the limelight at the moment.

Apart from a continuation of the original with Death Note Light Up the New World, Netflix is also long to adapt the manga/anime franchise. And for this project, the one at the helm is Adam Wingard.

Horror fans will know his name very well, thanks to You're Next and the recently premiered Blair Witch 2016. Now, the director has been tagged for an American adaptation, one that we've seen to feature a reimagining of the characters from the franchise.


While there is very little known so far, except maybe the fact that L may not be as compelled to hide in the shadows as he was in the manga and anime, Wingard has given some insights on his plans to his version of Death Note.

Speaking to Collider, Wingard revealed that he can delve deeper into a "weird" approach to Death Note. This is in comparison to how Blair Witch was done as a more mainstream approach to horror.

"We can do whatever we want. To me, the thing about anime is that it's so adult-oriented. 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."

Wingard cited his experience with watching anime, stating that he had seen Akira, which has adult themes weaved into the story. To make this a reality, Wingard revealed that he has Jason Eisener onboard the project. Eisener is best known for his own gory approach and creativity, one that would surely be a good direction in which to reimagine Death Note.

The Death Note anime doesn't really have a lot of gore, considering how the deaths have a more eerie quality than a gory one to them. But if Wingard's approach is to subvert that kind of treatment, then it may just deliver an original vision of Tsugumi Ohba's classic piece.

Netflix's Death Note will be streamed in 2017. It stars Nat Wolff as Light, Keith Stansfield as L, and Margaret Qualley as Misa Aname/Mia Sutton.

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