Next Asian Remake: Death Note!


With the popularity of remaking Asian horror films, it seems like American film companies are grabbing anything they can to remake.  According to Fangoria, the next film up to be remade is going to be the hit Japanese film Death Note.  Vertigo Entertainment, the company behind remakes like The Ring, The Grudge, Shutter, The Eye, and Dark Water is currently working on redoing the live action version of the hit manga.  The remake is currently being written by Vlas and Charles Parlapanides.  It is unknown if it is going to be a remake of just the first film or it's accompanying sequel Death Note: The Last Name as they are really one film split up ala Kill Bill style. 

In Death Note, Battle Royale's Tatsuya Fujiwara stars as Light Yagami who finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill and he decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals. Soon the world's greatest detective, known only as the mysterious "L", is hired to find the perpetrator. An all out battle between the greatest minds on earth begins, the winner controlling the world.

Death Note is not by any means an R rated film as it is more thriller/mystery/suspense than anything with that manga/anime feel. I always refer to it like a PG-13 Zodiac as it revolves around a lot of the police pursuit/investigation of mysterious deaths. It is very smart and takes many twists that keep the viewer on their toes. While I am not happy about this remake, I hope they cast the character L as brilliantly as they did in the Japanese version.  You can check out my reviews for both films below.

Death Note Review by jmh314
Death Note: The Last Name Review by jmh314

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