Ghost in the Shell isn't the only anime-to-screen adaptation to turn your attention to today. We've also got Netflix's Death Note movie, which dropped its debut teaser, a minute-long mystery.
Just to give newbies some context, Death Note is the story of a high school kid receiving the eponymous otherworldly book, one that will kill anyone whose name is written in it. It already had two Japanese live-action films.
Now press play above and enjoy flickering obfuscatory images including an apple, cheerleaders, three people tumbling off a roof, the words "Justice of Kira" spray painted on a wall, a giant ferris wheel flopping over like it's made of Play-Doh and the Seattle Space Needle standing upright as usual. Some pretty savage reactions are pouring in so far:
very unsure death note's "bored overachieving japanese teen becomes world-terrorizing magical serial killer" works w/ a white Seattleite— Cohen KING OF GHOSTS (@skullmandible) March 22, 2017
YOU CAN'T BASE DEATH NOTE IN AMERICA...— 💅🏽 Olive 💅🏽 (@OliveOilCorp) March 22, 2017
YOU CAN'T...HAVE A WHITE BOY CLEANSE PEOPLE IN JAIL HERE...
SOME THINGS ABOUT AMERICA.
great timing for Netflix to release its Death Note trailer in the midst of whitewashing controversy for Iron Fist & Ghost in the Shell.— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) March 22, 2017
Whitewashing isn't even the main issue of American death note. It's the mentality that there needs to be an American version of everything.— pandora (@makaiflower) March 22, 2017
Netflix's Death Note comes from horror writer/director Adam Wingard, whose credits include V/H/S, You're Next and 2016's Blair Witch. It's the first script from brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides since 2011's Immortals. The Exorcist TV show creator Jeremy Slater was their co-writer. He wrote that 2015 Fantastic Four train wreck, so exercise caution.
Onscreen you'll catch Get Out's Lakeith Stanfield, The Leftovers' Margaret Qualley, Paul Nakauchi, Nat Wolff, Shea Whigham and the voice of Willem Dafoe.
Death Note premieres Aug. 25.
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