Ahead of Death Note landing on Netflix this Friday, there’s already early talk of a follow-up for the latest adaptation of a long-standing favourite of many.
Speaking at a press event for the film, as reported by Latino Review, producer Masi Oka was asked about whether a Death Note follow-up is something that has been considered. Oka enthused, “We would love to, because they way the movie ends, we leave that question open, right? Also, the creators , they had the comment, ‘I can’t wait to see what happens next.’ So they’re definitely on board. I think at the end of the day, it’s in the hands of our fans and Netflix.”
As ever with looking ahead to further outings for such a project, it all comes down to how well received this new take on an old favourite is. Certainly there's plenty more of this story to tell given the vast array of source material to pull from.
Beginning life as a manga series, Death Note has gone on to be adaptated as an anime, a live-action Japanese movie, a TV drama, a musical, and pretty much crossed over in to any medium imaginable. Now, from You’re Next’s Adam Wingard and starring Paper Town’s Nat Wolff and cult favourite Willem Dafoe, the property is getting its first English-language live-action adaptation.
The official synopsis for Death Note reads:
Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
You can make your own mind up on this new adaptation when Death Note lands on Netflix this coming Friday.
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