The live-action 2017 film based on the popular manga series is getting a sequel.
The popular manga series Death Note inspired a live-action 2017 film from Netflix. The manga also resulted in a 37-episode 2006 anime series that followed anti-hero Light Yagami, a teen genius who discovers a mysterious notebook: the "Death Note." With it, he realizes he has the power of life and death in his hands.
The show is largely considered to be one of the best anime ever made, while the Netflix film has been largely panned by fans and critics. According to Screen Rant, the film was criticized for whitewashing (Light Yagami became Light Turner), and it turned out to be far too different from the original. Now that a sequel has been announced, hopefully, the makers will take into consideration what fans have always loved about the original.
Greg Russo, the writer for the upcoming Netflix original film, tweeted: It's consuming a large part of my life right now. I'm hellbent on giving DN fans something new, exciting, and unexpected. Stay tuned. He has mentioned that the sequel will draw more from the source material than the original film did, so fans should be pretty happy about that.
Speaking to We Got This Covered, Russo said, "It's funny because it sounds like a shift in the genre, but really, it comes down to the same things. It's about adapting IP. It's about bringing over an amazing piece of fan property and trying to do it right. And Death Note, I'm a huge fan of the manga, I'm a huge fan of the original source material, and I think it's one of the greatest mangas ever written. And so for me, I didn't play any role in Death Note, the first film that Netflix did, but I came in with kind of a point of view with what I wanted to do in a sequel. And part of that is I wanted to go back to the source material. I wanted to go back to what made the original stuff so great, and so we're doing something really neat with it. Hopefully, there will be more info on it soon, but it's going to be… it's not going to be exactly what you're expecting. And I mean that in a very enticing way."
’Death Note 2’ is still in development, confirms Masi Oka. Netflix has been ‘listening to the fans’ after the first film— Fandom (@getFANDOM) September 21, 2021
‘Hopefully the fans will be happy with the direction we’re going’
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According to Netflix Life, Nat Wolff, who played Light, the main character, is likely to return. Shea Whigham, who played Light's father, and Lakeith Stanfield, who took on the role of L might be back as well. Ryuk, one of the most popular characters in the world of Death Note, should be back with Willem Dafoe, voicing the Shinigami.
they got William Defoe to voice Ryuk... which is gonna be awesome. They could use his face if they wanted too 😂 pic.twitter.com/Uy9VrI1O4C— Frankie Rodriguez (@R8RFRANK) March 23, 2017
The film is currently "in development," so it's still going to be a while until we get to see Death Note 2. As for the plot, nothing has been revealed yet about how far along they are with the follow-up. Maybe the sequel will be released on the five-year anniversary of the first movie, on July 20, 2022? We can only speculate at this point.