MYXclusive: "Death Note" Director Reveals Challenges Of Adapting Beloved Manga!
The popular Japanese manga Death Note is now a Netflix original movie!
Death Note follows high school student Light who comes across a supernatural notebook. If the owner inscribes someone's name while picturing their face, he or she will die.
Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. He begins a crusade to knock off the criminals of the world but becomes the subject of a cat-and-mouse manhunt led by genius detective L.
The Netflix original movie stars Nat Wolff as Light, Lakeith Stanfield as L, Margaret Qualley as Mia, and two-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk.
In an exclusive video conference, MYXph.com got the chance to ask director Adam Wingard about the challenges of adapting the creation of Tsunami Ohba and Takeshi Obata for Netflix. "The hardest part about adapting something like Death Note is really just looking where to start because it's such a huge series," he said.
Of course, he was also concerned with blending Japanese mythology with American sensibilities. "The added challenge to that is the fact that we're not just doing a direct adaptation. We're taking Death Note and we're saying what happens when you put this in a different country, and in this case, America."
"Top of that as the director, this is first film that I've done with significant amount of special effects. It was really a process of learning how to incorporate complicated CGI and stuff into the movie," added the filmmaker behind the 2011 horror flick You're Next and the 2016 Blair Witch sequel.
Check out how Wingard and his team took the beloved manga from the page to the screen! Death Note is now available for streaming on Netflix!
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