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Platforms like Netflix have fundamentally altered the way in which we consume our entertainment. Though we used to have film and television, we now have a medium that lies somewhere in the middle and offers considerably more room for experimentation and innovation. That's why it is such a perfect home for a film like Adam Wingard's Death Note, and it turns out that the streaming service saved the highly anticipated (and risky) adaptation when Warner Bros. opted out of the project.
For a while, everything seemed like it was going incredibly well. Adam Wingard had met with Warner Bros., and Death Note looked like a surefire collaboration between him and the studio. However, even after hashing out most of the essential pre-production details, Wingard revealed that he eventually received a call saying that WB decided to put the film "in turnaround" over a weekend. From there, the You're Next director explained how Death Note wound up at Netflix:
Adam Wingard's recent comments to EW about the evolution of his Death Note film arguably encapsulate one of Netflix's calling cards from the last few years. This is a dark and visceral fantasy that a traditional studio might consider a gamble if it shot for an R-rating. By contrast, a platform like Netflix doesn't need to worry about content restrictions or ticket sales. The streaming service has become one of the many platforms for off-kilter projects that might not get a chance to exist in traditional film or television formats, which seems like a perfect fit for something like Death Note.
For those of you unfamiliar with the property, Death Note is an adaptation of a hit manga series of the same name. The story centers on a boy named Light who receives a book that can kill anyone whose name is written inside of it. The film also Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, and Get Out's Keith Stanfield. Check out a trailer for the upcoming movie below.
Death Note will make its Netflix debut later this month on August 25. As for 2017's theatrically released movies, take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive movie premiere guide to keep yourself up to date on all of the most highly anticipated silver screen releases.