While news of movie adaptation, reboot and long awaited sequels are popular in Hollywood, anime movies and TV series do not get a lot of attention for a US adoption.
But one manga/anime series is about to jump the Pacific Ocean for a Hollywood treatment. "Death Note," a TV series with cult like following will soon have a movie version produced by Hollywood.
Collider interviewed film producer Roy Lee about the upcoming film based on the popular anime and he indicates that the director (Adam Wingard), "is currently waiting for us to officially green light the movie, but we have a cast in place...it's a movie we're planning on making this year."
The cast Lee is referring to is Nat Wolff who made a name for himself after appearing in noteworthy films like "The Fault in our Stars" as well as "Paper Towns." Deadline also reported last year that Margaret Qualley has been cast as the female protagonist of the movie.
One of the most interesting aspects of the upcoming film is the planned faithfulness to the original story. The plot according to My Anime List is the following:
"High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and-since he deplores the state of the world-tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal's name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be. "
The anime series comes with the rating of R-17 due to its violence and profanity. Collider also confirmed with the film producer that the will have the same rating.
While it is the first time "Death Note" will go through Hollywood treatment, the anime already has live action adaptation in Japan as well as a TV series with the same name. Another Japanese adaptation is set to be released this year.