Many of us Death Note fans were cautious when Netflix first announced that they’d be shooting their own take on the Japanese anime. With a whole group of die-hard fans, remaking the TV show into a full-blown movie was one thing. Yet, this wasn’t the only risk. The studio have also moved the themes and the plot of the story to the US.
However, with the August 25th premiere date close, Netflix have put these worries to rest with the new trailer. Watch it below:
Taken from EW:
“Adapted from writer Tsugumi Ohba’s manga series, the film concerns a young man who becomes intoxicated by the power of a supernatural notebook and begins to kill all the people he believes to be unworthy of living. Which, as it turns out, is a lot of people.”
Although the movie will be moving away from the Japanese-centred manga, the studio have kept a lot of important factors. From the looks of the trailer, Willem Defoe’s take on the death god, Ryuk is as menacing as ever. Then we have Nat Wolff’s Light, complete with the emo-look of the original. Though only quick scenes, we get an insight into the tense battles between Light and his nemesis, the clever detective, L in this Netflix rendition. One thing that is clear – the pair’s iconic confrontations are still as dynamic in this US setting.
Time will tell as to whether Netflix‘s Death Note will do the original justice. One thing to look out for is Willem Defoe’s Ryuk. Defoe is the king of baddies; even in this trailer alone we can see an inkling of his dark and powerful performance. Furthermore, although hardcore fans might be concerned, this movie will at least open up a whole new audience to the world of the death gods.