Death Note already has eight live-action adaptations in the past so maybe it's time for yet another one. It has just been confirmed that Netflix is working with Stranger Things showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer on a new live-action series adaptation of the supernatural manga.
Deadline confirms that the Duffer brothers have formed Upside Down Pictures and signed a new deal with Netflix with several new projects. This includes their highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's The Talisman (which had a surprise cameo in Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2) and several Stranger Things spin-off projects. Amazingly, it was also revealed that the Duffers are developing a new Death Note series.
According to the report, the new Death Note project will be a live-action series adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It is also noted that Netflix had previously collaborated with director Adam Wingard on the 2017 American film adaptation of Death Note "but this will be an entirely new take."
The new project is set to be the ninth live-action project focusing on Death Note and its characters, and the second one from Netflix. The franchise's live-action content currently has four Japanese films, one TV series, one mini-series, one musical, and one American film.
Death Note follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who discovers a mysterious notebook called the "Death Note" which grants the user the supernatural ability to kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. With the help of the Shinigami known as Ryuk, Light tries to use the Death Note to carry out a worldwide massacre of individuals whom he deems immoral in an effort to create a crime-free society. As he adopts the alias of "Kira", Light finds himself being hunted by an elite Japanese police task force, led by enigmatic detective L.
The new Death Note live-action series is still in development. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.