Right now, both critics and fans have Death Note tied to a wooden post and are having a hell of a time giving it a lashing. Like many anime or manga adaptations that have come before it (Dragon Ball Evolution, Ghost in the Shell), fans of the source material are picking this one apart for every discrepancy from the manga. If you’ve ventured onto Twitter and looked into this, you’ll notice that this film is getting a decent amount of hate.
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That being said, unlike the other two films, there are also a good number of folks who are defending the film. Like those of us here at LRM who have seen the film, some fans who have had a chance to see it actually enjoyed this very different take on the battle between Light and L, despite the big differences from the source material. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how the film ultimately performs on the streaming service, but if you were wondering whether or not Netflix was looking at this one in hopes of making a sequel (which producer Masi Oka already said the filmmakers were keen on doing in our interview), Adam Wingard has an answer.
Speaking with THR, the director stated:
“When I went to Netflix initially, I pitched it as at least a two-film series, maybe three, knowing this was the origin story. We definitely designed the film so it plays a closed loop. Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned…
…At the end of the day, there are a lot of places to explore where to take Light. And ultimately the series is sort of about almost his downfall as a character.
This is sort of the beginning of it or the origin of it. There are definitely lots of places to go, and we know generally where we would take it. Hopefully people will watch it and Netflix will order a sequel. They definitely are ready to. They just need people to watch it.”
So there you have it. Going into it, Netflix seemed keen on actually producing a sequel, so long as the numbers support it. But how will the film do? That’s hard to say. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this film, given that it’s a cultural adaptation with few Japanese actors (at least from the fans’ perspectives), so it’s hard to gauge if this means the film will actually gain attention from its fans or if it will fade away into obscurity.
It’s a question we’ll have to likely wait about a month or so before we get an answer, as we have no way of actually seeing the numbers. Who knows? With all this hate flying around, and the film being so accessible on Netflix, we may see a lot of hate and curiosity numbers roll in that could be instrumental in getting the sequel produced.
What do you think? Have you have a chance to see Death Note yet? Do you want to see a sequel? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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