“Death Note” Caucasian casting begins

“Death Note” is a popular Japanese Horror, Supernatural, Fantasy manga created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and illustrator Takeshi Obata. Originally serialized in Shueisha’s manga magazine; Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2004, “Death Note” would later be published into a twelve volume manga, a thirty-seven episode anime and by 2006 spawned three live-action films in Japan.  Fast-forward to the present, Hollywood is planning on rebooting “Death Note” for American audiences with a live-action film adaptation. Nat Wolff is rumored to be final negotiations with Warner Bros for the lead role of Light Yagami, a college student who’s life is turned upside down upon discovering the “Death Note”, a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

This isn’t the first time Hollywood is rebooting Japanese media with a virtually dominant Caucasian cast. A robust list of remakes/reboots of Asian film, animation and manga have graced American cinema’s to the disapproval of hardcore fans and critics alike. As of the time of this writing many have expressed disapproval of actor Nat Wolff’s potential inclusion in the film, “Death Note”.  A very intriguing article is featured on The Daily Beast,  a Reddit thread is gaining traction and believe it or not a petition was established on Change.org against Warner Brothers whitewashing of “Death Note”.

“Death Note” Synopsis is as Follows:

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.

(Excerpt: myanimelist.net)

“Death Note” is currently in the early stages of production. Originally, director Shane Black was slated to direct “Death Note” but dropped had out of the project immediately after joining  the production team. Adam Wingard replaces Shane Black as director to the film, “Death Note”. Jeremy Slater will be penning the script but many are doubtful of his contribution to the film, “Death Note” after the disastrous 2015 remake of “Fantastic Four”.

“Death Note” filming is set for Spring 2016

Sources:

  • Variety
  • myanimelist.net

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