Production on the movie adaptation of the cult anime/manga, Death Note, is fully underway.
After fits and starts, the property has settled down with Netflix with Adam Wingard directing.
The official plot summary of the movie is as follows:
Death Note 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.
The producers of the film, Roy Lee and Dan Lin, released the following statement:
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.
That last bit about “racial boundaries” is meant to stave off concerns about the story which is centered in Japan becoming “Americanized,” something the filmmakers have already admitted to.
Nat Wolff is playing Light Turner (previously Light Yagami); Margaret Qualley is playing Mia Sutton (previously Misa Amane). Additionally, Keith Stanfield is playing the detective “L”, Paul Nakauchi plays Watari and Shea Whigham plays James Turner.
Death Note will premieres on Netflix sometime in 2017.SuperFable