(Incidentally the actual date for Japan's Death Note 2016 movie release is September 13th 2016, according to IMDb.)
'Death Note 2016 begins! Thank you' reads this Tweet
from the official Japanese Warner Bros account
on January 6th 2016 - presumably referring to filming
Meanwhile, over on the official Death Note 2016 website:
The recently announced stars of Death Note 2016 - Sōsuke Ikematsu, Masahiro Higashide and Masaki Suda - have been commenting on their new roles.
Masahiro, who is playing Death Note researcher and investigator Tsukuru Mishima, notes that he's grown up knowing this story. Therefore it's difficult not to be influenced by what has gone before; nor to avoid the pressure in getting it right.
He views the latest story as a three-way, intertwined battle between geniuses. He is enjoying making the movie and hopes that we enjoy watching it, including those discovering the story for the first time now.
'New L' Sōsuke - aka Ryūzaki - is also feeling the pressure: to live up to the legacy left by Ken'ichi Matsuyama in the earlier movies. He feels excited about filming and notes that every day the cast are directed in exceeding the standard of the day before.
This new Death Note story, he feels, contains the central message that human beings are weak and foolish creatures.
Masaki equally remembers when he was in the audience watching earlier Death Note live-action films. That makes it all the more thrilling to be starring in one now.
He sees in his own legacy a hint of Mello and Near in the original manga, insofar as his cyber-terrorist Kira worshipper character Yūgi Shion - plus the parts played by the other two - represent the successors, heirs or children of Light and L. This is the movie equivalent of a Death Note second arc.
He hopes that their 'second half' story will surpass expectations laid down by the first wave of Japanese live-action Death Note movies ten years ago.
Personally they would have had my (tentative) vote straight out, if they'd just HAD Mello in one of these live-action movies. And I don't mean disguised as a young schoolgirl. We're all looking at you, L: Change the World and Maki.
US live action Death Note director Adam Wingard,
re-reading the Black Edition,
as per his Tweet on December 10th 2015
Adam followed his with this Tweet, also dated December 10th 2015:
The complete Black Edition Death Note, as read by Adam Wingard,
is available in our Death Note Books and Manga Store