Death Note

  Tags: Adam Wingard, anime, based on comic, Charley Parlapanides, death, death note, Doug Davison, japan, Jeremy Slater, Keith Stanfield, Lin Pictures, live action, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff, Paul Nakauchi, REMAKES, Roy Lee, Shea Whigham, Shinigami, SUPERNATURAL, Vertigo Entertainment, Vlas Parlapanides, Willem Dafoe

Follows a high school student who comes across 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.

August 25, 2017 (Netflix)
On Netflix
Lin Pictures
Vertigo Entertainment
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Adam Wingard
Jeremy Slater
Anthony Bagarozzi (early draft)
Charles Mondry (early draft)
Nat Wolff
Margaret Qualley
Keith Stanfield
Paul Nakauchi
Shea Whigham
Willem Dafoe (voice)

  • Adam Wingard had a recent interview where he spoke a bit about how it's like to make the film for Netflix, saying: "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. Jason Eisener, who did Hobo with a Shotgun. I brought him on – I’m good friends with him – as second-unit director. There’s basically like three good Jason Eisner short films in there and they’re all very gory. I was able to just turn him loose sometime, and just do some crazy stuff. (9/16/16)
  • Willem Dafoe will reportedly voice the Shinigami, Ryuk in the film.
  • One of the producers was quoted saying: "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."
  • Shane Black was previously going to direct before getting replaced by Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest).
  • Director Shane Black was quoted saying: "What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller."
  • Director Shane Black started out as a writer, working on films like the Leathal Weapon series and even co-scripting The Monster Squad in the late 80's.
  • Charley and Vlas Parlapanides were replaced by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, most likely due to the script leak.
  • A first draft of the script by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides was apparently leaked online in the Fall of 2009, which may or may not have resulted the project being put on hold for further rewrites.
  • Writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides were originally hired to adapt the project.
  • Zac Efron (High School Musical, 17 Again) has reportedly had meetings with the producers with the possibility of having a lead role in the film.
  • Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison (The Strangers, The Uninvited) will produce with Dan Lin's Lin Pictures and Brian Witten.
  • Warner Bros. is behind this.
  • It's said that the film will not be based on either the popular Anime or the Japanese live-action movies and will draw more specifically from the first three installments of the manga.
  • This is a US adaptation of the original 13-volume Japanese manga series.




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