Seems like a move to TV for the US adaptation of Death Note won’t see You’re Next, The Guest and Blair Witch director Adam Wingard toning down his signature blood and gore. If anything it sounds like Netflix’s lack of a rating system is something he relishes.
“We can do whatever we want,” Wingard tells Collider. “So, doing my first live-action anime thing, to me it was important that you have those adult themes. So, it’s got nudity, it’s got swearing, it’s got a ton of violence.”
Death Note is based on the notorious Japanese manga in which a bored god gives a teenage boy a notebook with a deadly power, just to see what’ll happen. The boy, Light, discovers that anyone whose name he writes in the book will soon die in real life. At first he attempts to do good by killing people he thinks deserves to die, but who is he to choose? And when the police bring in a special investigator, L, to look into the mysterious deaths the ensuing cat and mouse games see the death toll escalate.
The Death Note live action adaptation will air on Netflix in 2017 with Wingard directing, Nat Wolff as Light, Keith Stanfield as L and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk, the bored god.
In addition to his own primary directing duties, Wingard reveals that he brought on Hobo With A Shotgun’s Jason Eisner as second-unit director. “There’s basically like three good Jason Eisner short films in there, and they’re all very gory… I was able to just turn him loose sometime, and just do some crazy stuff.”