Netflix has released the teaser trailer for Death Note, an upcoming live-action adaptation of the critically and commercially acclaimed anime of the same name.
The film, directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest, V/H/S), will feature an American setting as opposed to the Japanese setting of its source material, and tells the story of Light, a college student who comes across a mysterious black notebook that grants its owner the ability to kill anyone whose name is written in it. The notebook’s former owner, a supernatural reaper named Ryuk, follows Light as he adopts the pseudonym “Kira” and begins a deadly cleansing of criminals around the world. However, a mysterious, world-renowned detective named “L” sets out to expose Kira, and so begins an intricate game of cat and mouse.
Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, first began publication as a manga series in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump magazine from 2003-2006, and shortly after, an anime adaptation aired that popularized the series. Four Japanese live-action Death Note films were produced, which marks Wingard’s version as the fifth, and also first American adaptation – several years prior, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) was attached to adapt the film, but dropped out due to creative differences.
The trailer is mostly scarce on plot details, but depicts several action scenes that we can expect to see in the film. Ryuk and L also briefly make appearances, but the focus remains on Light for most of the teaser.
Death Note is due for release on August 25, 2017 exclusively on Netflix. It stars Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars, Stuck In Love) as Light, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, Get Out) as L, and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. The script is penned by screenwriter Jeremy Slater (2015’s Fantastic Four).
Watch the trailer below: