– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Netflix continues to roll out great exclusive shows that keep subscribers coming back for more. From the Marvel shows to A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix has something for everyone. This August they will be releasing Death Note, which is based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata and the anime that followed. In case you are not familiar with Death Note, it follows a high school student named Light Turner, played by Nate Wolff, who comes across a mystical notebook dropped by Ryuk, a shinigami voiced by Willem Dafoe. The notebook has the power to kill any person whose name is written in the book. Although he starts off with good intentions, he becomes intoxicated with killing anyone who he feels deserves to die. The mysterious deaths then get the attention of a famous detective named “L”, played by Lakeith Stanfield, who takes the case to bring Light down.

Death Note will premiere on Netflix on August 25. The film is being directed by Adam Wingard who also directed other films like Blair Witch and The Guest. This week he took to Twitter to tease the new trailer for Death Note, and after seeing the trailer, it’s actually starting to show a bit of promise. The tone is breakneck and fun, and more than anything, Ryuk is looking surprisingly creepy, and badass. Will they opt to keep him standing in the shadows the whole time? It seems like it could be the most effective way to keep him looking scary.

Death Note is one of the anime that I could not stop watching. The cat and mouse game between Light and “L” was great. From what I’ve seen so far I like how the film looks. It will be interesting to see how they condense the story into one movie. What will they decide to cut or keep? In the past, Wingard stated that the manga was more of a jumping off point, so it sounds like most of the film will be original.

What did you think of this trailer? Let us know in the comments down below!

Death Note arrives on Netflix August 25, 2017.

ALSO SEE: New Death Note Posters Gives Us Our First Look At Ryuk The Shinigami

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.