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Death Note Series Headed to Netflix, Stranger Things Creators Announce



Light with the Death Note

A new adaption of Death Note is coming, thanks to Matt and Ross Duffer in addition to Netflix. Initially a Japanese manga and anime series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the plot follows a teenager named Light who discovers a mysterious black notebook that he received thanks to Ryuk, a Shinigami and death god.

The notebook gives Light power over life and death. If he writes somebodies name in it, they die. Becoming intoxicated with power, Light decides to use the book to cleanse the world of evil. Various law enforcement personnel try to stop him, such as the mysterious L, a world-renowned detective.

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This will be the second adaptation of the story that Netflix has been involved with. Previously, there was a 2017 film adaptation starring Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, and Laketith Stanfield. The movie received mostly negative reviews from fans and critics alike, with one point of contention being the film’s depiction of Light. Such as how his reaction to meeting Ryuk, an “eight-foot-tall demon-looking motherf*****” is, shall we say, undignified, especially in comparison to past versions.

This new version of Death Note is one of several projects have Duffer Brothers have lined up as part of their new production company, Upside Down Pictures, according to Deadline. Named after the second most prominent location in their hit Netflix series, the Duffers have hired Hilary Leavitt to run the company.

Leavitt is a vet of both BBC America and MRC. She has most recently run her own Hulu-based Blazer banner. Some of the series she helped develop include Shining Girls, The Great, Ozark, and Orphan Black. Now she will help the Duffers in their goal of creating the kinds of stories that inspired them growing up.

According to the Duffers, the stories Upside Down Pictures will produce will “take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where big spectacle co-exists with intimate character work, where heart wins out over cynicism.” Besides Death Note, other things on the company’s plate are the Stranger Things spin-off and The Talisman adaptation.