Death Note is getting a new live-action Netflix series, which will be produced by the minds behind Stranger Things.
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Deadline has reported that Netflix is moving forward with another adaptation of the highly acclaimed manga and anime series Death note. This time, the adaptation will be a TV series instead of a movie and will be executive produced and written by Halia Abdel-Meguid. The project is being developed by Upside Down, the production studio started by the Duffer brothers (Stranger Things).
It’s a little surprising that another Death note The adaptation is being produced by Netflix, since their last effort was met with harsh negative reception. The manga series Death note originally written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, it is considered by many to be one of the best manga of all time. Abdel-Meguid is on board as a longtime fan of the series, so hopefully that translates into a better-executed adaptation.
Death note follows Light Yagami, a young genius who discovers a black notebook that allows him to kill by writing someone’s name on it. As the Light works to cleanse the world of those it deems worthy of death, it is pursued by the genius detective L. As the owner of the Death Note, the Light is also watched by the Shinigami, a god of death named Ryuk.
One of the most confusing changes in its film adaptation Death note from Netflix was going to move the setting from Japan to Seattle, Washington. Apparently, the new adaptation will retain the original location and Japanese actors will be better represented in the cast. While LaKeith Stanfield as the enigmatic L and Willem Dafoe While Ryuk’s voice was interesting casting choices that were rare bright spots in the film, it didn’t feel true to the series fans knew and loved.
New Death note The Netflix adaptation brings back many people involved in the original 2017 film: Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Jonathan Eirich and Miri Yoon return as executive producers and co-executive producers on the film. This is an odd move considering they produced the last film and that was not well received. Hopefully they can take the feedback from the fans and put it to good use in their next effort.
While Netflix has several successful anime on its platform, it has yet to have what could be considered a truly successful live-action anime adaptation that pleases fans and newcomers alike (if we don’t include the underrated Rurouni Kenshin adjustments). While them Death note Failure has the advantage of time to help us forget, their recent adjustment Cowboy Bebop failed to impress, is cancelled after only one season. However, that doesn’t mean Netflix will be slowing down its efforts anytime soon, as the streaming giant has several live-action anime adaptations planned for the near future.
The Death note The series is certainly a big undertaking for Netflix, but they are also currently working on a live-action adaptation of it One piece, which is one of the most popular manga and anime series of all time. As always, fans are wary of a live-action adaptation that arguably doesn’t need one, but we’ll have to wait and see if Netflix can pull it off. You have to imagine if One piece fails that Netflix may reconsider its live-action anime adaptation push.
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