Production has officially begun on Adam Wingard’s (You’re Next, The Guest) adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note, with shooting to commence in Canada and the USA during the next few weeks.
The synopsis of the manga series is as follows:
Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, a God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil… namely the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone hold such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.
This is very exciting news and it’s great to see that the film is finally moving forward. There was brief, but worrying, news reported earlier in the year when it was announced that Warner Bros had dropped the project. Luckily, streaming service Netflix came to Death Note’s rescue and agreed to make the film if Wingard entered into exclusive negotiations with them.
Paper Towns’ Nat Wolff is playing the film’s lead role with Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka producing. The script has been penned by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Now that the film has started production it’s only a matter of time before material is released and we’re hoping it’s sooner, rather than later.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)