With ‘Ghost in the Shell‘ and now ‘Alita: Battle Angel‘ taking up all of the live-action manga adaptation news we haven’t been hearing much about Netflix‘s ‘Death Note‘ so director Adam Wingard is sharing details on the show. What he does share should be great news of fans of the original manga as it is a violent comic and it is now sounding like the live-action version will follow in its footsteps.
This all came out during an interview where he was talking about his recent film ‘Blair Witch’ when ‘Death Note’ came up. With how open Netflix is towards creators we found out one keynote right off the bat as according to Wingard:
“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 some time, and just do some crazy stuff.”
Confirmed nudity, swearing, and violence from someone who grew up buying Anime at one of the same stores that I did has me excited for ‘Death Note’ in a way that I previously wasn’t. While chances were most of this would have been included anyway it is good to hear the director letting us know that he is trying to stay true to the original manga.
Of course, producer Roy Lee had previously said that:
“It’s definitely for adults,” he stressed. “It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating. [It] will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”
So between the two above statements, I think we’re about to see something that hasn’t previously been attempted domestically.
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