Wingard’s “Death Note” Akin To Nolan’s Batman

Following original works with the very well-received “The Guest” and “You’re Next,” filmmaker Adam Wingard has turned to something more familiar with this week’s release of “Blair Witch”. Though a sequel to the original 1999 indie sensation, the film is also something of a remake and goes some downright crazy places in its final act.

Wingard’s next project looks even more intriguing though, a Netflix film adaptation of the famed manga “Death Note”. The project, which had a rocky development stage throughout much of the past decade, seems to be in smoother waters at this point with a release sometime next year being targeted.

Participating in an AMA on Reddit this week, a fan asked Wingard about anime adaptations in Hollywood – where previous ones went wrong and how they could be done better. Wingard says that his “Death Note” plans to do for anime what Chris Nolan’s Batman films did for comics – specifically grounding them in a very real world:

“I think anime is due for the same treatment that comics got when Nolan did Batman. I think the key is straying away from overt anime style like ‘Speed Racer’ and ‘Dragon Ball’ and instead try to ground the stories in more relatable ways. With ‘Death Note’ I tried to give it a gritty lived in look. With that said ‘Death Note’ is going to be my most insane movie yet. It makes ‘The Guest’ look conventional.”

“Death Note” centers on high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook. If the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, that person will die. Intoxicated with his new powers, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.