Not Everything Needs to Be Americanized, But Netflix Bets You’ll Still Watch the Fork Out of Death Note

Iron Fist, here we go again? Not exactly — this feels more akin to David Tennant doing the (terrible) American version of Broadchurch (why gods, why?) — but there’s a little Iron Fisting going on here, too. Does every head honcho in the entertainment business think Americans are so intolerant and stupid that we have to have everything translated to white boy? Wait, don’t answer that. I mean, I think we already know the answer to such questions.

If you’ve somehow missed this no holds barred interview with Lewis Tan, who clearly would have been the perfect Danny Rand, please do read it. I’m still slogging my way through the mess that is the fourth in Netflix/Marvel’s The Defenders’ series, and it’s painfully clear that poor Finn Jones just isn’t the right guy for the lead Iron Fist role (though I do have sympathy for the actor who seems in over his head).

I keep thinking outlets such as Neflix, which features innumerable international series and movies, should support creating diverse projects; at the same time, I see just why they’d snatch this adaptation of Death Note right up. This version of  Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Japanese manga stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars) as Light Turner (in the manga, Light Yagami, played by Tatsuya Fujiwara in Shusuke Kaneko’s movie and sequel). One look at the teaser just released, and I know I’m in, especially with Adam Wingard (The Guest, Outcast, V/H/S) — who knows his way around a horror story — at the helm.

Death Note follows high-schooler, Light after he receives a notebook that seemingly allows its possessor to knock off anyone whose name and face is known to the holder. (Yes, I know exactly who you’re thinking of … ) Simple, effective, dangerous and with that one sentence, thrilling — right? Here’s the first teaser:

After reading just the bits I have about the source material, I’m more interested in tracking down the Japanese adaptations, but you can bet your library card I’ll watch the heck out of this one, too.

Death Note, with screenplay by Charley Parlapanides (Immortals), also stars The Leftovers‘ Margaret Qualley , Willem Dafoe, Masi Oka,Michael Shamus Wiles, Shea Wigham (American Hustle), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) and Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End); it hits Netflix this August.

Who even needs a library?

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over ten years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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