death note

Via Mashable
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Willem Dafoe will play Ryuk the Shinigami in Death Note. Kind of perfect (see below)...

Just, yes.

Anyways, for those unfamiliar, Death Note follows a high schooler (played by Nat Wolff) who comes across a notebook bestowed with sinister powers, that allows for Wolff to kill off anyone by picturing their face and writing their name in the notebook.

Death Note is being produced by Roy Lee of The Ring, and Dan Lin of Sherlock Holmes; the film debuts on Netflix in 2017. 

Via Collider
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During his recent interview with Collider the director for the live-action take on Death Note, Adam Wingard was quick to confirm that the film will stay true to the bloodiness and maturity of the source material:

“We can do whatever we want,” he started. “So, doing my first live-action anime thing, to me it was important that you have those adult themes. So, it’s got nudity, it’s got swearing, it’s got a ton of violence.”

Wingard went on to say that the adult-oriented part of Anime has always fascinated him:

“The thing about anime is that it’s so adult-oriented,” he explained. “I remember going to Suncoast growing up and you see Akira there with the little 'Not for Kids' sticker on it. That always made an impact on me.”

And further, that there's no way this movie's going to get anything less than an R-rating.

“It’s definitely for adults,” he stressed. “It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating. [It] will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”