Adam Wingard is currently hard at work on a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Death Note for Netflix (it’s currently in production), and while doing the press rounds for Blair Witch, the director took the time to chat about what we can expect about his take on the supernatural story.
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata that ran from 2003 to 2006. The manga was adapted as a novel, video games, anime series, some live-action films and even a musical in Japan. It centers on a high school student named Light Yagami (the name was changed to Light Turner for the Netflix adaptation) who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants him the ability to kill anyone he wishes. It will star Nat Wolff as Light Turner as well as Shea Whigham and Willem Dafoe. Here’s a synopsis:
A student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone begins a crusade against evil in order to rule the world as a benevolent human god. Then a deadly game of cat and mouse begins when a reclusive detective begins to track down the young man, attempting to end his reign of terror once and for all.
Since pretty much everything goes on Netflix (like #Sex! #Violence!), Adam Wingard explained to Collider how the lack of a rating system will actually influence how bloody and sexy things will get on the live-action adaptation:
“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 sometime, and just do some crazy stuff.”
Death Note is slated to premiere sometime in 2017 on Netflix.