'Death Note': Director Says Netflix Adaptation Allowed Nudity, Swearing, Violence [Video]By Noi Ramirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
The Netflix adaptation of the popular Japanese manga and anime "Death Note" would be deemed not suitable for children if filmmaker Adam Wingard's words are to be put into account considering Netflix' lack of a rating system.
According to Wingard, he recalled going to Suncoast while growing up to see "Akira" with a "Not for Kids" label on it made such an impact on him. Therefore, in doing his first live-action adaptation of the beloved manga and anime, he said it was important to him to incorporate adult themes thereby, his adaptation would have nudity, swearing, and a ton of violence, The Collider reported.
Initially, Wingard pitched his planned adaptation of "Death Note" to Warner Bros. However, in the advent of a report that the studio is considering to make fewer films, Wingard moved to Netflix, according to TheWrap.
It was reported that production for "Death Note" was about to begin when Warner Bros. decided not to move forward and let go of the project. Wingard was allowed to pitch "Death Note" elsewhere wherein a bidding war ensued across major studios, where Netflix emerged the victor in securing the rights to the film.
"Death Note" will include actor Nat Wolff, who is known for the indie hit "Paper Towns will play Light Turner. Also reported to be in the cast is Margaret Qualley who will play Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield who will play L, and Willem Dafoe who will do voice work for the Shinigami, Ryuk. Also in the cast are Paul Nakauchi as Watari, Shea Whigham as James Turner, and Masi Oka.
"Death Note" is based on the famous and much beloved Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It follows the tale of a high school student who accidentally acquired a supernatural notebook that can cause people to die if their names are written into it. The student then becomes intoxicated with his newfound ability to cause death to those he deems unworthy of life.
Filming for "Death Note" was wrapped up in early September and it is now in post-production. The movie will be available for streaming sometime in 2017 on Netflix.