Turns out Netflix is making a westernized English language adaptation of the hugely popular manga (and later anime series) Death Note, which will be released on August 25th.

For those that don't know, Death Note is basically a psychological thriller about japanese teenager Light Yagami, who comes across a notebook that was dropped into this world by a shinigami (death god) called Ryuk.

Discovering that the notebook kills anybody whose name is written in it, Light starts to see himself as a god and tries to create his idea of a perfect world by killing those he deems unworthy (e.g. criminals). Under the pseudonym Kira (derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the word "killer"), he starts to communicate to the public about his actions and intentions, and is soon investigated and hunted by authorities.

Apparently, this movie will be set in Seattle and feature a predominantly white cast - presumably in an attempt to appeal to western audiences - and feature Nat Wolff as Light Turner (née Yagami).

Much like the upcoming live action Ghost in the Shell movie, it's in hot water even before its release.

There is a already a petition to boycot the film over its alleged whitewashing, with just below 14 000 signatories at present.

I for one hope this doesn't just turn into a "gritty" reboot-o-rama with a semi-industrial soundtrack and bass drop-centered slow-mo action sequences featuring an edgy emo kid - ignoring the moral and intellectual themes of the source material.

Willem Dafoe will probably be awesome as the voice of Ryuk, though.


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