Netflix has had many successes with its ‘Netflix Originals’ but in 2017, it tackles new ground with the live action adaptation of successful Japanese manga and anime series Death Note.
The anime to live action track record are not in Netflix’s favour, however, this teaser trailer looks like they are far from concerned. Despite fans being split on the issue of whitewashing, the teaser does show off some fantastic visuals and some clear fan service with various easter eggs placed within the trailer.
One of the reasons why the 2006 anime series was so popular was because it focused more on the suspense rather than just the horror. That appears to be echoed with this film, especially heightened by a soundtrack designed to leave audiences wanting more. The teaser, while only one minute long, shows off the setting of the film and its main characters and intrigues us to wait for the next trailer to learn more of how the story will play out.
You can see the trailer here:
Boasting a reasonably solid cast including youth talents Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault In Our Stars) and Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Straight Out Of Compton) and veteran actor Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Platoon, The Grand Budapest Hotel) the film has a great chance for success. The film is directed by Adam Wingard who has had a roller coaster ride with critics for his most recent works The Guest (90% RT) and Blair Witch (35% RT), showing he has the right background to understand the source material in order to deliver a satisfying thriller to both fans and newcomers. But it also suggests the result could go either way.
All the information you need to know can be found below:
Synopsis: Death Note follows a young Light Turner (Nat Wolff), who finds what appears to be a joke notebook with the inscription ‘Death Note’ but there has no better name as he soon discovers that it is able to kill anyone by writing their name in the notebook. Light begins a crusade against evil by inflicting death on the world’s criminals, passing judgment as a human god. Light learns where the Death Note came from and what its capable of through communication with a death God and former owner of the Death Note named Ryuk (Willem Dafoe). Light will face many challenges to cover up his killings but none as great as his game of cat and mouse with super detective, L (Lakeith Stanfield).
Death Note hits Netflix on August 25th 2017.