On one hand, casting Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk the shinigami (probably best translated as “death spirit”) in Death Note is great. On the other hand, Netflix’s live-action U.S. adaptation of the hit manga and anime ismissing out on big savings by not just using Dafoe’s actual, terrifying face in the film.
Netflix’s adaptation of the manga Death Note has pretty much solidified its cast, adding Keith Stanfield (Straight Out of Compton).
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Another beloved manga is apparently getting a US makeover. This time it’s Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s comic about an ambitious young man who receives a mystical killer notebook. You’re Next and The Guest director Adam Wingard has signed on to direct the US feature version.
Because Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata hit manga about a teenager who is able to kill people by writing their names in a death god's notebook, has been adapted for just about every other medium, it's now becoming a musical. And some of the English-language songs are now online.
Japan is turning the manga/anime/live-action movie series Death Note into a musical. The series, about a teen with a notebook that kills anyone whose name he writes in it, and the teen detective who tries to catch him, seems like an odd fit for a musical, but it also seemed like bizarre idea for a manga. So why not?
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