After an eight-year stretch of development hell and a rejig of rights from Warner Bros., we can finally start to see the direction Netflix are taking Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note. A trailer landed in the human world on Wednesday, announcing that the live-action film will stream from August 25th. So, without further ado, shall we let the shinigami see the apple?
Directed by Adam Wingard of Blair Witch and You’re Next, and starring Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Straight Outta Compton‘s Keith Stanfield was spotted filming as L in July. We were thrilled to see a quick glimpse of Ryuk as voiced by Willem Dafoe in the trailer, and that remains the talking point we’re most excited about.
But what are your thoughts? From the Netflix synopsis it seems pretty faithful to the manga. But looking at the trailer? Perhaps not so much.
What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?
We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, 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.