Thursday was Netflix’s turn to make its first big splash at the San Diego Comic-Con, and the upstart streaming service did not disappoint. Hall H attendees were treated to a sneak peek of Death Note and heard from the cast and filmmakers, and we have a two-part video of their comments plus the audience Q&A.
Things kicked off with the trailer, which the crowd went pretty wild for. A little later we saw a clip, which Netflix released soon thereafter (see it below if you missed it), and the enthusiasm definitely ratcheted up a notch or two.
Speaking about the film were director Adam Wingard, producer Roy Lee, and co-stars Nat Wolff (Light), Lakeith Stanfield (L), Margaret Qualley (Mia), and Masi Oka (who also produced). Our moderator was a very entertaining Terry Crews.
Several interesting tidbits came out of the quick chat, but of special note to the horror crowd should be Wingard’s comments that while our death demon, Ryuk, is definitely dark and scary (as any good demon should be), the movie as a whole is more of a cat & mouse chase. But given that he’s often been associated with projects that mix genres, that shouldn’t surprise anyone anyway.
At any rate, we certainly got shivers from Willem Dafoe’s interpretation of Ryuk in the trailer and clip and can’t wait to see more when Death Note debuts on Netflix this coming August 25th.
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student (Wolff) who comes across a supernatural notebook that gives him the ability to kill anyone by writing their name while picturing their face. Drunk on power, he begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
Next up was the panel for Bright, Netflix’s Will Smith-starring fantasy/action film that looks to be a whole lot of fun. Who can resist Noomi Rapace as an ultra badass evil Elf and Joel Edgerton as a wisecracking Orc? We certainly can’t…
Check out some photos from the panel and the trailer below. Present were the aforementioned Smith, Rapace, and Edgerton along with their co-stars Lucy Fry and Édgar Ramírez; director David Ayer (who won big cheers for saying, “This ain’t no bullshit PG-13 studio movie!“); and producers Bryan Unkeless and Eric Newman.
If you’re intrigued, Bright, which was written by Max Landis, premieres on December 22nd.