The first cast member has been revealed for Warner Bros’ upcoming live action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note manga. Actor Nat Wolff will join the HollyWood movie in an unspecified role.
Nat Wolff is a relatively new American actor who starred in the lead role in 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars. It has been reported that he may play the lead in the Death Note film, being:
a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.
He is the first cast member tied to the upcoming film, which will be distributed by Warner Brothers. The film will start production in Spring 2016 and will be produced by Roy Lee (The Grudge, The Lego Movie), Dan Lin (Terminator Salvation, The Lego Movie), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow) and Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0). Doug Davison (The Grudge, How to Train Your Dragon) and Brian Witten (Friday the 13th, Final Destination) are executive producers, with Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing the film. Jeremy Slater wrote the most recent draft of the film’s script. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) were at times possible directors for the film.
It was recently announced that a new Japanese live action film adaptation is in production for a 2016 release. Warner Bros. Japan will be producing the movie, which will be a sequel to the three previous Japanese live-action films, Death Note, L: Change the World and Death Note: The Last Name
Death Note is a manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The manga was first published in December 2003 and ended in mid 2006 for a total of 12 volumes. After the completion of the manga, Death Note has sold a total of 20 million copies in Japan alone and a total of 26 million copies to date. The series received an anime adaptation by the studio Madhouse, which went on from late 2006 to mid 2007. Since then, the series exploded in popularity in Japan and overseas. Three films were produced; two based on the original manga and a new spin-off movie titled L: Change the World. A series of video games were also produced by Konami for the Nintendo DS. Two light novels were also produced for the series, one based on the manga and the other based on the spin-off film. The series celebrated its 10th anniversary with a real life death game, and there is also a sequel Japanese live action film scheduled for 2016.
Here is the series’ synopsis from MAL:
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.
High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.
With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.
The HollyWood live action film adaptation of Death Note is currently underway and will begin its full production in Spring next year. Further information about the movie will be revealed soon. A new Japanese film is also in production.
Source Article – Variety
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