You’ll certainly find gruesome violence in Netflix’s Death Note adaptation, but director Adam Wingard doesn’t view his film as a horror movie. For the You’re Next and Blair Witch filmmaker, Death Note is more of a genre mashup: part thriller, part comedy, and part teen romance, with a dash of horror.
For years now, Death Note has been one of the more popular franchises in Japanese popular culture. Originally a manga series, Death Note has since spun out into multiple television shows and four live-action feature films, making it all-but-inevitable that the franchise would eventually find its way into the hands of a Hollywood studio. Thus, when Netflix announced that it would be releasing a Death Note movie with Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) directing, people were curious to see what kind of cultural accommodations Netflix would make for its Japanese adaptation. The answer? Not many.
Former Green Goblin Willem Dafoe will join the DCEU this fall when Justice League hits theaters. His Aquaman character will debut in the DC superhero team-up before filling a much larger role in James Wan’s Aquaman. And while things have been relatively quiet around Dafoe’s Nuidis Vulko and the role he’ll play in the films, the actor has confirmed that he won’t look or be exactly like his comic book counterpart.
Netflix’s Death Note sure is still happening, and will be premiering on the streaming service in a little more than a week. To get us all extremely hype for a movie based on material that was popular when most of us were in middle school, Netflix released a clip today of the first meeting between two main characters: Nat Wolff’s Light, and Lakeith Stanfield’s hunched-over detective L.
Adam Wingard’s adaptation of popular anime series Death Note drew a lot of heat before the public even saw a single frame, as fans of the original were displeased to learn he’d set the film in the U.S. instead of the original Japan and make the Asian lead into a white guy, a move we shall henceforth refer to as “Ghost in the Shelling.” And while the question of whitewashing will most likely persist on through the film’s August 25 release, we still have yet to see whether it will be a competent horror film on non-politicized terms. Today, the public can start to get an impression of whether the film is garden-variety bad in addition to being #problematic.
San Diego Comic-Con, like life, comes at you fast. With just a couple of short weeks until SDCC 2017, the first panel and scheduling announcements have started to roll in — including, wonder of all wonders, a Twin Peaks panel in Hall H (unfortunately, David Lynch will not be giving us the mystifying pleasure of experiencing “David Lynch at Comic-Con”). Following that wild announcement, SDCC has unveiled their official Thursday film lineup, which includes panels from 20th Century Fox (hello, Deadpool!), the DCU and Netflix.