The director of Death Note has come to his film’s defence for moving the story to America.
The classic manga/anime is being adapted as a Netflix film starring Nat Wolff and Willem Dafoe and directed by Adam Wingard. The story is originally set in Japan but for the live action movie version, events have been moved stateside.
This has upset some fans, as is the fact that the characters are American’s and not Japanese. But Wingard recently defended the movie’s creative choices by replying to a fan on Twitter.
There is no conspiracy to remove Japanese culture from Death Note. Its a fresh version of the story set in Seattle. Also see The Departed. https://t.co/ZezHsFSecC
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) June 6, 2017
The tweets didn’t stop there however as Wingard was forced to defend his film to yet another Twitter user who objected to the director’s The Departed comparison.
A. Thats not the point. It's a remake of Infernal Affairs set in Boston.
B. They do but there are also white, blacks, hispanic etc. https://t.co/RW6PvxdEsE
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) June 7, 2017
Whether or not the choices that were made were the correct ones, and if the movie succeeds on its own merits, will have to wait until its August release.
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.
Death Note is set to premiere on Netflix on August 25th and stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, and Willem Dafoe.