Every few years we see new trends emerge in the world of movies. One of the best examples being the rise of the superhero genre, this is a trend that sticks around and seems to be sticking around for at least a few more years. And some trends haven’t had as much success. But one that’s trying to get its start is anime properties being turned into live action American movies. Quite a few anime properties are set to come to American theaters in the coming years, one perfect example being the well beloved manga Death Note. This property has plenty of different iterations from its own country, those being a manga, a tv series (which I highly recommend), and a few movies. And now the US has decided that we like it but we need our own version. And now we’re here.
The cast being gathered for this Remake isn’t too bad and it seems to be getting better. Willem Dafoe has been cast as the voice of our favorite shinigami, Ryuk. For all the newbs a shinigami is a god of death. Ryuk is the owner of the Death Note that is later found by the main character in this movie Light (who is to be played by that one guy from the Naked Brothers Band, Nat Wolff). Ryuk is a great bit of comic relief throughout the series and I welcome Willem into this project even though I don’t completely welcome this project.
Along with Willem and Nat, the cast includes Keith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley. Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) will be playing L, the detective set on stopping L and Qualley (The Nice Guys) is set to play “Mia Sutton”, aka a bastardization of the character Misa Amane who is Kira’s biggest fan and partner. So if you can’t tell I’m not the happiest that this is being Americanized. I should probably get over myself. Right?
So are you with me? Or do you want an American version? Have you seen any of the other iterations? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on the American version of Death Note.
The new Death Note movie is set to hit Netflix sometime in 2017.