Collider’s Steven Weintraub interviewed Blair Witch director Adam Wingard a few days ago. In the clip above Wingard elaborates on what he intends to do in his live action adaptation of the manga Death Note when it arrives on Netflix sometime in 2017. His main bullet points were that “…it’s got nudity, it’s got swearing, it’s got a ton of violence…”
Wingard was excited to get the opportunity to work with Netflix on Death Note 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 bringing to life. To me, the thing about anime is that it’s so adult-oriented.”
He goes on to mention going to Suncoast, a video store, as a kid and seeing the “not for kids” sticker on anime like Akira and how that had impacted him. It’s similar to how I was first exposed to the world of anime. First I got the shows and movies because I thought it was cool to watch a cartoon with nudity and gore.
But, as I matured, anime became something more. There were movies and shows that were unlike anything I had seen on American television. There was a sophistication and depth to anime that even the best Saturday morning cartoons couldn’t match.
Adam Wingard enlisted the help of Jason Eiesner, director of Hobo With A Shotgun, as a second-unit director. Wingard says the film is like three different short movies in one. If you’ve seen the anime, you’ll know what he means as the show was holding up so many spinning plates.
On Death Note
For those unfamiliar with Death Note, it tells the tale of a special notebook found by one Light Yagami. This notebook grants the owner the power over death, hence “Death Note.” Writing a person’s name in the notebook causes them to die. Light can even go into detail about how his victims die, if he doesn’t they simply have a heart attack.
Attatched to the Death Note, of which there is more than one, are demons called “Shinigami.” The apple loving Ryuk is the Shinigami connected to Light’s notebook.
Light’s cause starts out as a noble one as he only kills criminals who have managed to best the law or are on death row anyhow. But eventually the authorities start seeing a pattern in all the suspicious deaths happening around Japan, and Light begins to lose focus. The thirst for power and his unwillingness to let go of the Death Note causes a sinister shift in who he is. The anime does a great job of making his decent into darkness believable and intense.
As Light is feverishly writing names in the Death Note to ensure he is not found out, a special agent simply called “L” is put on the case to find out who or what is killing all these people. “L” has strange eating habits, is childlike, he’s anit-social, and a genius.
When “L” is put on the case an engaging game of cat and mouse begins between two people who are equally intelligent and determined to attain their goals.
To explain the whole story and every twist would take an entire novel. Besides you can totally watch Death Note for free right now on Viz. Of course there are ads, but you really shouldn’t miss out on this stellar series before Adam Wingard’s adaption hits Netflix sometime in 2017.
Are any of you geeks fans of Death Note? Let us know in the comments below.
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