Netflix plans to release a live-action adaptation of Death Note on August 25, 2017, and the teaser trailer has just been released. Death Note was originally a smash hit suspense manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It led to a string of Japanese films, television series, and video games and it looks like Netflix is next in line to capitalize on the franchise.
The story is about a boy, Light Turner, who finds an otherworldly notebook labeled “Death Note”. He soon realizes that anyone whose name he writes in the book will cause the named person to die. Light decides to play God and kill off criminals, but the ace detective named L is set on finding and stopping Light. A game of cat and mouse ensues.
The trailer looks visually compelling and dark. It is directed by Adam Wingard, who also directed You’re Next and Blair Witch. Most of the films directed by him have been slasher films so it will be interesting to see how Death Note plays when it is released. Even though the Death Note is a Japanese movie, the cast is predominately white, which has attracted some criticism from those who disapprove of the “white-wash” of the characters. Only time will tell whether the movie will be able to live up to its Japanese predecessors.