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Producer Roy Lee says Adam Wingard's Death Note adaptation will be rated R

02.23.2016

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We haven't heard much about Warner Bros. and director Adam Wingard's (THE GUEST, YOU'RE NEXT) live-action DEATH NOTE moive since THE LEFTOVERS' Margaret Qualley was cast as the female lead opposite THE FAULT IN OUR STARS' Nat Wolff, but producer Roy Lee recently gave an update on the project during a conversation with Collider at a DICE panel. Lee tells the site that Wingard “is currently waiting for us to officially greenlight the movie, but we have a cast in place. I think it’s been reported but I don’t remember yet, I’d have to check the site, so I don’t want to say anything yet. But it’s a movie we’re planning on making this year.”

After being asked about the target audience for the film, Lee replied “It’s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating,” and the producer also said that the tone of the movie “will be one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”

I haven't read the manga series (which follows a student who finds “a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name"), or seen any of the previous adaptations, and I'm not one of those people who think every movie needs to be rated R, but I imagine Death Note fans will be happy to hear that the planned film won't have a PG-13 rating. Do you think Warner Bros. and Wingard will do the manga justice?

Source: Collider

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11:56AM on 02/23/2016
While I love rated R movies, an R is not needed here. Yes, it mature material but it isn't a violent anime. No need to turn this into a slasher film. They need to focus on the storyline, which makes this anime so great, and not the deaths of the people in the death note. And this was a missed opportunity to cast some talented Asian American actors. White Americans are cast for comic book movies, so why not cast Asian Americans here and be fair? They already off on the wrong foot.
While I love rated R movies, an R is not needed here. Yes, it mature material but it isn't a violent anime. No need to turn this into a slasher film. They need to focus on the storyline, which makes this anime so great, and not the deaths of the people in the death note. And this was a missed opportunity to cast some talented Asian American actors. White Americans are cast for comic book movies, so why not cast Asian Americans here and be fair? They already off on the wrong foot.
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3:28PM on 02/23/2016
I agree with the missed opportunity in the casting department. Given that this is Adam Wingard, I have a feeling the R-rating will be earned.
I agree with the missed opportunity in the casting department. Given that this is Adam Wingard, I have a feeling the R-rating will be earned.
10:55AM on 02/23/2016
I watched a couple of episodes of the anime years ago. Not enough to understand it really, but enough to recognize the concept was pretty interesting. Couple that with Adam Wingard's style, which has so far been unapologetically R-rated, and this ought to be good news.
I watched a couple of episodes of the anime years ago. Not enough to understand it really, but enough to recognize the concept was pretty interesting. Couple that with Adam Wingard's style, which has so far been unapologetically R-rated, and this ought to be good news.
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10:20AM on 02/23/2016
Somehow I think it will end up in pre-production limbo like Akira. However, does anybody know how to turn off / skip the More Fun Around The Web's Watch Now video? Every time I scroll down, it always freezes up my computer for about 30 seconds even though I didn't press Play.
Somehow I think it will end up in pre-production limbo like Akira. However, does anybody know how to turn off / skip the More Fun Around The Web's Watch Now video? Every time I scroll down, it always freezes up my computer for about 30 seconds even though I didn't press Play.
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10:46AM on 02/23/2016
Adblock Plus has a feature called "block element", it'll forever block any part of any website that you select. I've minimised the hell out of Joblo, pretty much only the articles and strikeback section are intact.
Adblock Plus has a feature called "block element", it'll forever block any part of any website that you select. I've minimised the hell out of Joblo, pretty much only the articles and strikeback section are intact.
11:02AM on 02/23/2016
Thanks, man. I'll give it a go.
Thanks, man. I'll give it a go.
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9:18AM on 02/23/2016

Hopeful

I'm not a huge anime fan, in the sense that I don't watch alot of it. That said, I did give this series a watch and even the foreign film adaptations and the concept alone is what hooked me. It's a great idea that presents a moral dilemma that any person could easily have and relate to. An R rating is a necessity here because the subject matter is very dark and you need to take that extra step for impact.
I'm not a huge anime fan, in the sense that I don't watch alot of it. That said, I did give this series a watch and even the foreign film adaptations and the concept alone is what hooked me. It's a great idea that presents a moral dilemma that any person could easily have and relate to. An R rating is a necessity here because the subject matter is very dark and you need to take that extra step for impact.
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8:09AM on 02/23/2016

A new beginning.

Deadpool has started a new era. Which I'm about to enjoy.
Deadpool has started a new era. Which I'm about to enjoy.
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