Netflix 'Death Note' director deletes Twitter account; has had it with fan complaints

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

There’s often an inverse relation between how passionate a fandom is and how easy it is to please, and that hurdle only gets higher when you’re trying to jump from one medium to another. So Netflix was already facing a tough challenge when it finally brought a long-anticipated American-produced live-action version of anime/manga franchise "Death Note" to its streaming service last month.

The protracted production had been dogged by criticisms from existing fans for changing the ethnicities of the originally Japanese cast of characters for Netflix’s set-in-Seattle "Death Note." Audiences weren’t blown away when they actually got to see the film either, with existing fans of the series lamenting their favorite aspects of the anime being underrepresented, and those without prior "Death Note" experience apparently not finding enough to really latch on to in the American remake.

But while newcomers who were underwhelmed may be willing to shrug their shoulders in indifference, hard-core "Death Note" traditionalists haven’t been at all shy about voicing their complaints on social media. A frequent target of their displeasure has been Netflix "Death Note" director Adam Wingard, but it seems the filmmaker has had enough, as he’s suddenly deleted his Twitter account.

Previously, Wingard had shown an ability to dish criticism right back at his bitterly vocal critics, sending out tweets such as:

“Sorry trolls but the artist always wins in the long run.”

“I love how many people feel personally attacked by this tweet. Its [sic] almost like troll bait. Those that bit expose themselves.”

“Film criticism is different than b*tching at filmmakers on twitter.”

But he’s done with such jousting and jabbing, at least on Twitter. The director shut down his account with no advance warning or final sign-off address, though the popular opinion is that he made the decision so he’d no longer have to deal with outraged fan vitriol, including, as is practically a given in such situations, boisterous death threats.

If so, you can’t really blame the guy for calling it Twitter-quits, and if it’s any consolation, even "Death Note" fans in Japan aren’t always happy with each and every domestic tendril of the franchise. Still, Wingard’s unwillingness to put up with the online unpleasantness doesn’t bode well for Netflix’s suspected sequel ambitions for its version of "Death Note."

Sources: Comicbook, Yuruku Yaru, Jin

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Its lind of shabby for 'artists' to be whoring themselves to or attacking their audience on twitter.

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Critics panned it as well. It just wasn't well made. If his name enters the same realm as being Shyamalan'd, then he has to wear it

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Well, if the hardcore fans don't like it, general movie goers don't like it and the critics don't like it then it's probably a turkey.

Hollywood has a poor track record at adapting Japanese stuff into movies for American audiences, so it's hardly a surprise.

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Good riddance, and I definitely wouldn't call directing an "art" considering the astonishing garbage that has been regurgitated from Hollywood in recent years. However, I would say that the director has to take the lion's share of personal responsibility for creating trash so this moron is shirking his duties yet again

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Wouldn't let this fella direct a Coors commercial..

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What was wrong with the Japanese versions of Death Note? Those live action films were great... good casting, very good acting and direction, and the demon was excellent, if not totally believable.

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This is what happens when you mess manga otaku.

Also, this is not the first time totally botched a manga franchise.

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Great. Now lets see a Japanese Japanese directed anime remake of law & order.

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