'Death Note' movie news: Filming expected to begin this year, R rating confirmed

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The Hollywood adaptation of the highly successful anime and manga franchise “Death Note” had been rumored for a long time. It appears that 2016 is the year that the film will finally be a reality. With a director as well as lead stars already in the roster, film producer Roy Lee revealed that they intend to start filming sometime around this year.

In a recent interview with Collider, Lee revealed that the cast for the film has been set and the project is only awaiting official greenlight. Additionally, Lee said that they are planning to make the film this year. Also, “Death Note,” as they will make it, will in no way be a child-friendly film.

“It’s definitely for adults. It is zero chance it will be below an R-rating,” Lee said. Also, the producer revealed that the tone of the film will mark the difference in the category of manga adaptations, as it will be “one of the first manga adaptations that feels very grounded but still has fantastical elements.”

As of the moment, “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns” star Nat Wolff has been cast as the lead protagonist, known in the original stories as Light Yagami. “Palo Alto,” “The Leftovers,” and “The Nice Guys” star Margaret Qualley was reported to be “in negotiations” for the lead female role of the film, which is expected to be the pop star Misa Amane.

The Hollywood version of “Death Note” will take place in a metropolitan city in America, where a student finds a notebook with the mysterious power to kill anyone whose name is written on it. The owner of the notebook then decided to use the notebook to purge the world of criminals. Later on, a certain “police officer” will be on the trail of the notebook owner, ensuing a cat-and-mouse chase between the two.