Anime to live-action conversions are always tricky things, so director Adam Wingard has decided to share a few thoughts about his Netflix adaptation with fans of ‘Death Note.‘ Based off both the manga by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata, Wingard has probably strayed the furthest from the source material that we’ve seen so far, but he wants to stress a point about his take on the series.
According to Wingard:
“For us, this felt like an opportunity to take something that was familiar and to do something new with it. … [And] because we were taking something that is very Japanese and moving it over to a different country, we realized that not only were there changes that needed to be made, but ultimately, it was a chance to take a new approach to something that you have seen before. And that’s what we did.”
With a Western location and target audience, it should come as no surprise that changes to the source material were made. Purists have, of course, been up in arms about this one. Instead of Japan, the setting has been swapped to Seattle which means characters, backstories, and more had to change to fit the new location.
As to the film being released on Netflix instead of having a theatrical release, this boiled down to Warner Brothers getting cold feet about following teenagers who were actively killing people:
“That’s really the key. We’re doing a movie that could play in theaters, but it’s doing things that you don’t conventionally see in theaters.”
This R-Rated tale might have been a hard sell at the box office but on the most popular streaming service, it seems to be a perfect fit.
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Source: Cinema Blend