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Netflix developing a sequel to Death Note

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Netflix is proving to have some success with their many anime properties, but perhaps nothing has been as big a success for them as the live-action adaptation of manga/anime classic Death Note, originally created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Directed by horror filmmaker Adam Wingard, Death Note was not exactly a critical success and received a lot of backlash for its whitewashing of many characters. Despite this, it has apparently been quite popular on Netflix who are now looking to follow that up with a sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Death Note 2 is currently in development with a script being written by Greg Russo, who is also working on a script for the Resident Evil movie reboot. The news does not reveal whether Wingard will be returning as director or if the studio is looking elsewhere second time around.

While Netflix doesn’t reveal official viewing stats, the studio has previously called the film a success based on the number of views it has had. This is obviously what has sparked interest in the continuation of the story of Light, the boy genius who gains a mysterious notebook from a death god named Ryuk which can kill anyone whose name is written in it. This puts on the path of matching wits with the equally genius – but very eccentric – detective L.

Considering that one of the big criticisms laid at the first film was about how it raced through so much of the plot and didn’t do justice in setting up its characters, this sequel certainly gives the studio an opportunity to right those wrongs and hopefully create something that makes it even more appealing to fans and potentially set up an even bigger franchise.

Netflix does not have any planned release date on the project, but given the speed at which they are making movies, we could certainly see this get developed and release in the next year or so.

Last Updated: August 23, 2018


  1. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    August 23, 2018 at 16:21

    I’m actually keen for this.

    I know the first movie wasn’t the best but I’d still watch.


  2. Kromas

    August 23, 2018 at 14:13

    Wait what. It was successful??!! I must have watched a different movie.


    • Original Heretic

      August 23, 2018 at 14:28

      Yeah it was terrible in comparison to the anime.


      • konfab

        August 23, 2018 at 14:38

        The anime set a ridiculously high bar though. Any works derived from it would have likely been terrible.


    • Nikola

      August 23, 2018 at 14:33

      Hahaha I was literally going to comment the exact same thing, successful?? You mean to tell me someone actually liked this movie??


  3. konfab

    August 23, 2018 at 14:37

    Death Note 2: Twitter Edition.

    Instead of using a notebook to write down the names of the condemned, Ryuk has gotten with the times and setup a Twitter account to condemn people instead.
    Occasionally he will give access to the Twitter account to random mortals for entertainment.


  4. Kapitan Balalaika

    August 23, 2018 at 16:11

    It’s not too late to stop this Netflix.


  5. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    August 23, 2018 at 16:21

    I’m actually keen for this.

    I know the first movie wasn’t the best but I’d still watch.


  6. Grant [_G_] Hancock

    August 24, 2018 at 10:01

    I enjoyed the first one. Not the best movie ever but was entertaining.

    Love the original anime, but there is room for other interpretations.


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