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Adam Wingard set Jason Eisener loose on Death Note

09.16.2016by: Cody Hamman

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I know next to zero about the manga DEATH NOTE, although the fact that Shane Black was at one time attached to†the live action American adaptation of it was a very positive sign for its quality. Black didn't end up making the film, though. Instead, it ended up in the hands of a filmmaker who is quite interesting in his own right, THE GUEST / YOU'RE NEXT's Adam Wingard. Increasing the level of intrigue even more, Wingard brought Jason Eisener along with him, handing the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN helmer the task of directing second unit on the adaptation.

Starring Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Wigham, Keith Stanfield, and Willem Dafoe, the film†tells the story of†

Light Turner, a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victimís name. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when heís tracked by a reclusive police officer.

I was already†on board for DEATH NOTE based solely on the talent involved with bringing it to the screen, but while doing the press rounds for his latest film, the BLAIR WITCH sequel, Wingard dropped a quote that makes me much more excited to see what this project has to offer. Speaking with Collider, Wingard said

We can do whatever we want. That was the cool thing about it, because itís an anime film. So, technically, itís a cartoon that youíre bring to life. To me, the thing about anime is that itís so adult-oriented. I remember going to Suncoast growing up and you see Akira there with the little ďNot for KidsĒ sticker on it. That always made an impact on me. So, doing my first live-action anime thing, to me it was important that you have those adult themes. So, itís got nudity, itís got swearing, itís got a ton of violence. Jason Eisener, who did Hobo with a Shotgun. I brought him on Ė Iím good friends with him Ė as second-unit director. Thereís basically like three good Jason Eisener short films in there and theyíre all very gory. I was able to just turn him loose sometime, and just do some crazy stuff.Ē

Nudity, swearing, tons of violence, and unleashed Eisener shorts interspersed throughout a Wingard film? I am now officially hyped to watch DEATH NOTE when it hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

Hobo with a Shotgun Jason Eisener Molly Dunsworth

Molly Dunsworth in HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN

Extra Tidbit: How does DEATH NOTE sound to you?
Source: Collider

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