Death Note’s American live-action film has a new home: Netflix.
News broke that the popular Japanese manga and anime series Death Note was getting the American live-action treatment awhile ago. In spite of controversy surrounding casting choices and some over-reaching hype, Netfix has made the announcement that they have picked up the rights to the film.
Variety reported that Netflix is in the final negotiations with Adam Wingard to make this move final and begin production somewhere in June. The projected price for this deal? Anywhere between the 40 to 50 million dollar price range.
Nat Wolff plays a student that stumbles upon an otherworldly notebook that gives him the power to kill anyone by simply writing the intended victim’s name. The story evolves when the main character begins being hunted down by a reclusive yet determined police officer. As to be expected when a teen discovers such a powerful weapon, things don’t always go according to plan and hijenks ensues.
Americanized films adapting Japanese anime and manga is a risky feat with major let downs in the past such as the live-action Dragon Ball: Evolution and Avatar: The Last Airbender. It remains to be seen if Death Note will be a failure or a success but Neflix has been gaining a solid reputation with film powerhouses such as Brad Pitt’s War Machine and Bright.
It will be interesting to see where this film falls in the fan’s spectrum of expectation. For long-time fans of the series, we hope its a good one.