“Death Note,” written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Japanese Manga series ever, which gained a worldwide cult following through the Japanese anime series adaptation for television that aired from October 2006 to June 2007. It will have its own Hollywood adaptation from director Adam Wingard with English speaking actors. Now, it has been revealed that the film will be rated R and may start production this year.
Collider spoke to the film’s producer, Roy Lee, at DICE Awards 2016. According to the report, Lee said Wingard “is currently waiting for us to officially greenlight the movie, but we have a cast in place. I think it’s been reported but I don’t remember yet, I’d have to check the site, so I don’t want to say anything yet. But it’s a movie we’re planning on making this year.”
Lee also spoke about the rating for the film. “It’s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating. [Death Note] will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”
Screenrant notes that Nat Wolff of “Paper Towns” and Margaret Qualley of “The Leftovers” are both attached to the new project. They will be playing Light Yagami and Misa Amane, respectively. No other cast members have been announced yet. The film will be produced by Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.
This is not the first time “Death Note” is receiving a live action treatment. It was adapted into a series of live-action films in 2006. The first two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko and the third was by Hideo Nakata and produced by Nippon Television and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.
According to Collider, “Death Note” is the story of the original manga about a student who happens to discover “a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name.” This takes him on a quest to “cleanse the world of evil” as he sees it, which puts him in the crosshairs of a reclusive police detective known simply as “L.”