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  • Approval of God: The creators of the original manga, Tsugumi Ohba and Takashi Obata, were given an early screening and they enjoyed the movie, feeling it was faithful to the spirit of their work (not the details, although that was another thing they appreciatednote ) and the ending surprised them "in a good way". They even drew their own artwork of the movie's Light and Ryuk.
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  • California Doubling: Set in Seattle, the film was shot in Vancouver.
  • Dawson Casting: High school students Light and Mia are respectively played by Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley, both of whom were 21 at the time of filming.
  • Dear Negative Reader: After the film premiered to less-than-enthusiastic reviews, Adam Wingard called everyone who criticized the movie and his demeanor "trolls".
  • Fake American: Chris Britton (which counts as a Remake Cameo as he dubbed the original anime, but not a Role Reprise) as Aaron Peltz, the child molester Light uses and then kills.
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  • Role Reprise:
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub of the film, Rolando de Castro (who voiced Ryuk in the anime) returned as that character.
    • In the French dub, Emmanuel Karsen returns as the voice of Ryuk.
    • Ditto in the Japanese dub, as Shido Nakamura, who voiced Ryuk in the anime and the Japanese films, also reprises the role.
  • Saved from Development Hell: After more than ten years of interest from American film companies, including briefly being owned by Warner Bros., Netflix finally ended up getting the rights.
  • Studio Hop: The movie was set up originally at Warner Bros., and after a long stint in Development Hell was set to begin filming in 2016 before the disappointing box office numbers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice resulted in WB cutting its annual movie slate. Fortunately, Warner allowed director Adam Wingard to shop the project elsewhere, resulting in Netflix buying the rights.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Shane Black was at one point attached to direct. As a big fan of the manga, he was vehemently opposed to Executive Meddling-induced changes, which included plans for Ryuk to be Adapted Out, among other details.
    • After Black left, Gus Van Sant was attached to direct, but soon dropped out for unknown reasons.
    • There was a long-standing rumor that Zac Efron was going to star as Light in the film, before Nat Wolff was confirmed in the role. Why Efron was not cast is unknown, though rumor has it that he turned down the part so the character's race wouldn't need to be changed...which is exactly what ended up happening.


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