Following hot on the heels of Iron Fist and Ghost In The Shell comes Death Note, another Asian-themed property that's bound to stir up controversy with a predominantly Western cast. Based on a Japanese manga series by Tsugumi Ohba, Death Note has spawned a number of video games, anime series and even a live action trilogy in the franchise's native Japan.
2017 will see the franchise make its debut in the West, funded and distributed by the streaming service Netflix. Will the new remake of Death Note satisfy fans, or add more fire to the current whitewashing debate that fiercely rages on?
Check out the first official trailer for the Western remake of Death Note below:
"The human whose name is written in this note shall die."
After impressing fans with horror/thrillers such as You're Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch, it looks like director Adam Wingard may somehow skirt the controversy and actually have another hit on his hands.
During an interview with Collider, Adam explained that working with Netflix allows him and his team to do the original anime justice, unrestrained by usual cinematic ratings:
“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.
Remaking the widely beloved property is certainly going to be a challenge. If Wingard fails to bring the likes of Light Turner and Ryuk to life, then he'll undoubtedly face hordes of people furiously writing his name into their very own Death Notes. Fortunately, if this first #Netflix trailer is anything to go by, then it looks like the franchise is hopefully in safe hands.
Watch a trailer for the original Japanese anime adaptation to see how the Netflix version compares:
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Starring Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk, Death Note has been slated for release August 25, 2017.
How does the first trailer for the Death Note remake compare to the original anime? Have your 'pens' at the ready and let us know in the comments section below!