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Death Note Creators Praise Netflix's Live-Action Adaptation

posted on 2017-08-10 13:45 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge

San Diego Comic-Con debuted Netflix's live-action Death Note film last month, and while fans have expressed support for Willem Dafoe as apple-eating death god Ryuk, everything from the casting, the Seattle setting, and the plotting changes have received criticism. Readers might be interested to hear what the series' original creators, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have to say on America's recreation of their work.

After viewing the film, Ohba said, "It was more interesting than I expected. Every bit of it is high quality and very fashionable, it's definitely Hollywood's Death Note. I think a wide range of people can enjoy this movie, not just fans, because there are parts that follow the original work but also changes, too."

Obata said that the film's characters are loyal to the manga characters' desires. "I hope that people overseas who did not know Death Note until now can enjoy watching it on Netflix," he said. "Adam Wingard 's visual beauty and thrilling directorial are splendid, and create a class A thriller. This is the kind of the Death Note I'd like to draw as well." Obata did just that, drawing an image of Ryuk and Nat Wolff as Light Turner.

The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Netflix previously streamed a trailer for the film in March.

Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee (Dark Water, The Lake House, Shutter), Lin Pictures' Dan Lin (This Side of the Truth, Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie), Viz Productions' Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka are producers. Doug Davison (Dark Water, The Grudge, The Lake House) and Brian Witten (Dark City, American History X, Final Destination) are executive producers, and Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve had been overseeing the project for Warner. Nine Inch Nails member Atticus Ross and his brother Leopold Ross are composing the soundtrack for the film.

In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original 2003-2006 supernatural suspense manga, teenager Light Yagami finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective.

Source: Comic Natalie


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