Adam Wingard has made a name for himself in recent years with gory genre fare like “You’re Next” and “The Guest,” and it doesn’t look has if he’s pulling back the violence anytime soon.
While promoting his new film “Blair Witch,” the director opened up a bit about his upcoming Netflix adaptation of the blockbuster manga and anime “Death Note,” assuring fans there will be no softening of the subject matter.
“We can do whatever we want,” Wingard told Collider, in reference to Netflix’s lack of ratings system. “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.”
In addition to his own primary directing duties, Wingard revealed he brought on “Hobo With a Shotgun’s” Jason Eisner as second-unit director. “There’s basically like three good Jason Eisner short films in there, and they’re all very gory,” he said. “I was able to just turn him loose sometime, and just do some crazy stuff.”
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, “Death Note” tells the story of a high school student who stumbles across a supernatural notebook that allows the owner to kill anyone simply by writing their name in its pages.
“Death Note” stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as “L,” Paul Nakauchi as Watari and Shea Whigham as James Turner.
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