Netflix's live-action adaptation of Death Note comes out by the end of the week, and a lot of fans are already branding it a terrible movie. Director Adam Wingard, however, chooses to remain positive about his movie, and says that he has already thought of doing the sequel.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Wingard explain how he planned to make Death Note another start of a franchise:
"When I first pitched the movie to Netflix, that was my main thing… This film is very much an origin story and there's a lot of different places we can take it. The movie really works as a closed loop. But I think ultimately it is a great property to explore. There's a lot of things that could happen from here. I would love to [be involved]. I am doing Godzilla vs Kong now, so that's, like, two-and-a-half-years at least, so it depends on the timing. Depending on when they want to do it, I would definitely be involved in terms of the story and all that kind of stuff."
Judging by how harshly the critics are also talking about the movie, I'm wondering if the Death Note sequel will actually happen. Then again, critical reception isn't really a guarantee for failure (or success). Suicide Squad was terrible, but it made a lot of money in the box office. Netflix has a completely different system, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens when the movie comes out.
Death Note is directed by Adam Wingard and stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Keith Standfield as L, Margaret Qually as Mia Sutton, and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk.
Death Note comes out on Netflix Aug. 25.
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