Death Note Reboot to Feature Dominant Caucasian Cast

Death Note Production:

Director: Adam Wingard

Writers: Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata, Anthony Bagarozzi, Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater, Chuck Mondry

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What starts as a very popular Japanese Crime, Drama animation, sourly turns into what could be the franchise’s worst rendition.

“Death Note”, (also known as Desu noto”), is an anime series first released in 2006. The series directed by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, and spawned 37 episodes. The series follows Light Yagami, a young man who finds a notebook that is the gateway to death. Any name written in the Death Note means immediate death for that person. Having power over the Death Note, he is in control of the lives of others.

Death Note (2006) Synopsis

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?

The anime would later spawn a film adaptation in 2006. Shushuke Kaneko directed the film written by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata, and Testuya Oishi. The film brought the Japanese comic to life in the form of a feature film. Live actors and standard filming technique were used rather than animation. In this film adaptation:

Light Yagami finds the “Death Note,” a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world’s criminals, and soon the world’s greatest detective, “L,” is hired to find the perpetrator. An all out battle between the greatest minds on earth begins, the winner controlling the world.

This wasn’t the only adaptation the “Death Note” franchise received. In 2015, another TV series released. This next series adaptation were directed by Ryuichi Inomata, Ryo Nishimura, and Marie Iwasaki. Yet again, utilizing standard filming technique versus the original Japanese animated series, this more modern adaptation released 11 episodes thus far. 

A decade later and the “Death Note” franchise still is going on strong. However, Hollywood is recreating the series, something dear fans are not hoping.

The popular Japanese Horror, Supernatural Horror, Fantasy television series is getting the ultimate remake of remakes. Yet, this is not in a good way. Or, should I say, in a less desirable way. Now, the franchise has gotten into the hands of an American director. We already know what that means. Let the “murder” begin. As we’ve seen countless times before, when American directors and producers venture into foreign territory, they almost always screw up the original source material

Whitewashing, this is the term  used to describe Hollywood use use of Caucasian actors to portray ethnic sourced films. The new “Death Note” reboot will feature a dominant Caucasian cast, and will be produced by Warner Brothers. Of course, as you can imagine, fans are outraged. This is not the first time America has changed the ethnicity on foreign script to a complete Caucasian cast.

The infamous anime turned Hollywood blunder “The Last Airbender” directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan is a prime example of  whitewashing. The film completely mangled the source material it to the point where it’s downright disappointing. If you are a fan of the original Japanese manga, I’m sure you disapprove of this absurd change.

This modernized adaptation of “Death Note” is said to be directed by Adam Wingard (“You’re Next”) and stars Nat Wolff ( “The Fault in Our Stars”, “Palo Alto”). It will also be an original feature via Netflix.



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