Death Note Adaptation To Be An R

Producer Roy Lee has confirmed that the Adam Wingard-directed U.S. film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s popular manga “Death Note” won’t be toned down.

“It’s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating” Lee tells Collider, confirming that though the film hasn’t received a green light at this point, filming aims to begin later this year.

The story follows a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook dropped on Earth by a death god. It centers around the student’s attempt to create and rule a world cleansed of evil using the notebook. We also follow the efforts of a detective to stop him.

The book grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name they know, by writing the name in the notebook while picturing their face. Lee adds that it “will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”