First ‘Death Note’ Trailer: You’re Next’ Director Adapts Japanese Manga

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Netflix has dropped a teaser trailer for Death Note, the upcoming U.S. adaptation of the popular Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Directed by Adam Wingard, whose credits include You’re Next, The Guest and last year’s Blair Witch, Death Note tells the story of a high school student (Nat Wolff) who comes across a supernatural notebook with an incredible: write someone’s name into it, picture their face, and they die.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this US adaptation of a beloved manga goes, considering we also have many ready slaughter Ghost in the Shell if it doesn’t deliver. At least from this teaser, it appears we’re in for a visually potent film, although just how well Wingard and screenwriters Charley Parlapanides (Immortals), Vlas Parlapanides (Immortals) and Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four, The Lazarus Effect) manage to adapt what is considered to be one of the greatest mangas of all time remains to be seen.

Death Note, also starring Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk (nice), will be hitting Netflix on August 25.

What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?

We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it 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.

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