Netflix is returning to the dark world of Death Note officially greenlighting a sequel to last year’s adaptation directed by Adam Wingard.
The premium streaming service has signed Greg Russo to write a sequel to the American adaptation of the popular manga/anime series that sees a brilliant young man come into possession of an otherworldly notebook that kills whoever he writes the name of within its pages.
Russo had previously co-written entries of the live-action Resident Evil films and is currently writing the planned Mortal Kombat reboot. He replaces the original film’s screenwriting team of Charles and Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater.
Despite receiving a mixed reception from critics and fans of the original Japanese series, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos declared the 2017 film a “sizable” success in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. While Wingard had expressed interest in crafting a sequel to the adaptation at the film’s premiere last year, it is unclear what the filmmaker’s involvement with the production is at this time.
Relocating the action from Japan to Seattle, the adaptation ended with Light manipulating events to appear innocent from the killings caused by the titular notebook while L, the genius-level FBI profiler investigating him, being taken off the case.
With a sequel now in development, Light and L look to be poised for rematch.
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Netflix’s Death Note is directed by Adam Wingard. The film stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk. It is available to stream on the platform now.
(via Anime News Network)
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