Netflix Picks Up The Rights To The American Live Action ‘Death Note’ Film

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The American live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note has been known about for a while now, but was waiting for a home. There has already been (somewhat controversial) casting announcements and some hype-pushing it along, but it finally seems to have found a home on Netflix. According to Variety, Netflix is in final negotiations with Adam Wingard to scoop up this adaptation after it was originally slated to be produced by Warner Bros. before they opted to pass on it.

The original Death Note manga series is about a student, who will be played by Nat Wolff, discovering a supernatural notebook that gives him the ability to kill anyone with the stroke of his pen by inking their name into it. As you can imagine, things tend to go awry when someone wields such power unchecked and a reclusive police officer picks up the trail.

This adaptation is set to beginning filming in June and looks to be the latest in big name films being produced by Netflix, such as Brad Pitt’s War Machine and Bright. For long time fans it’ll be interesting to see how it stacks up to the original manga, Japanese live action films and even the anime.

(Via Variety)

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