Death Note Film is Coming to Netflix

Death Note, an anime series about a kid who finds a book that possesses the power to kill anyone whose name is written inside, is getting a live-action makeover!  The best part:  Willem Dafoe is the voice of Ryuk, the beyond demented-looking death spirit whose Glasgow smile trumps The Joker’s, tenfold.

The series contains some very probing themes, one being the morality of doubling for an all-powerful celestial force and wiping out the “bad guys.”

With regard to the film’s aesthetic, the addition of Dafoe (and that voice of his) is very promising;  the man has the ability to make a diaper commercial sound sinister, so while this piece isn’t necessarily a horror film in the classical sense, the trailer presents it as ever so close to one.

It will debut August 25th.