When Netflix 1st revealed its plan to adapt a US version of famous Japanese manga “Death Note”, many fans were against the idea, but the OTT service developed the movie anyway, which ended up receiving quite an unenthusiastic reception from movie critics and audiences.
But does Netflix care? Well, apparently not. A report from The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the streaming platform will be developing a sequel to their not-so-successful adaptation of “Death Note”.
Unlike its predecessor, the confirmation of “Death Note 2” is done discreetly instead of a big, official announcement, as the revelation is buried inside a story from THR which discusses about Netflix’s movie division.
“Among properties it already owns, Netflix is developing a sequel to 2017’s horror-thriller Death Note, which Sarandos has called a “sizable” success, with Greg Russo writing the script,” THR wrote.
It is not known if director Adam Wingard will return to direct the sequel after the overwhelming backlashes he received for the 1st film which forced him to quit Twitter for good.
Netflix’s take of “Death Note” may appeal to those who are unfamiliar with the original manga, but it certainly doesn’t sit well with longtime fans who accused the adaptation of whitewashing, pretty much like every other Hollywood adaptation of Japanese manga.
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Nevertheless, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the original creators of “Death Note”, have praised the film, with the former stating, “In a good way, it both followed and diverged from the original work so the film can be enjoyed, of course by not only the fans, but also by a much larger and wider audience”.
“Death Note” (2017) stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe, following the story of an American high school student named Light Turner, who finds a mysterious supernatural notebook known as the “Death Note”.