Following the release of the final two episodes of Stranger Things season 4, creators Matt and Ross Duffer have formed Upside Down Pictures and recommitted to Netflix with a number of new projects. One such project is a live-action television adaptation of Death Note.
Created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the Death Note Manga was published by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003 to 2006. The story follows the high schooler Light Yagami who discovers a notebook called a Death Note belonging to the Shinigami Ryuk. When an individual’s name is written in the book they die, an ability which Light uses to punish criminals as he sees fit. His actions ultimately bring him into conflict with the mysterious detective L. The series was previously adapted into an anime by Madhouse in 2006
This is Netflix’s second attempt at adapting Death Note to live-action. In 2017 the streamer released a film adaptation starring Nat Wolff, LaKeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, and Willem Dafoe. It was universally panned by critics and fans of the series alike, so it will be interesting to see if this new series can live up to expectations.
Currently, the project is in very early development, so no additional members of the series’ creative team have been announced. The Duffer Brothers are still working on the final season of Stranger Things, so it may be some time before any updates are shared regarding Death Note.
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