The idea of a live-action Death Note film has been the thing of internet legend for some time now, but now it seems that the improbable is finally probable!
Netflix is in final negotiations to pick up Adam Wingard’s interpretation of the popular Japanese manga/anime, with production scheduled to begin as early as this June.
The film will star Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) and Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), with Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka producing.
Warner Bros. originally held the rights to Wingard’s project, but the studio callously threw it aside after Batman v Superman‘s poor reception.
Death Note is the story of a brilliant high school student (Light Yagami) who discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows. The story follows Light, who is on a quest to purge the world of criminals, and the genius detective known only as “L”, who is trying to stop him.
Wingard’s film will not be the first feature-length film adapation of Death Note. Japanese director Shûsuke Kaneko brought Light’s magical and deadly world to movie audiences in the largely panned Death Note (2006).
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