Netflix's "Death Note" Movie Begins Production

Principal photography began today on Netflix's adaptation of "Death Note."

Directed by Adam Wingard ("The Guest," "You're Next"), the film is based on the smash-hit manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata about a genius high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that gives the owner the power to kill someone simply by writing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

"I am honored to be working with this great cast and I look forward to bringing Tsugumi and Takeshi's unique story to a global audience," Wingard said in a statement.

"Death Note" stars Nat Wolff ("Paper Towns," "The Fault in Our Stars") as Light Turner; Margaret Qualley ("The Leftovers") as Mia Sutton; Keith Stanfield ("Straight Outta Compton," "Dope,") as "L"; Paul Nakauchi ("Alpha and Omega") as Watari; and Shea Whigham ("Agent Carter," "Boardwalk Empire") as James Turner.

The film is produced by Roy Lee ("The Ring," "The Departed"), Dan Lin ("The LEGO Movie," "Sherlock Holmes"), Jason Hoffs ("Edge of Tomorrow") and Masi Oka ("Heroes Reborn").

"Our vision for 'Death Note' has always been to bring this captivating story to the screen for its longtime manga fans and to introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece," Lee and Lin said in a statement. "The talent and diversity represented in our cast, writing, and producing teams reflect our belief in staying true to the story's concept of moral relevance - a universal theme that knows no racial boundaries."

"Death Note" is targeted to premiere next year on Netflix.

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