Netflix has announced the filming for their original film Death Note, from director Adam Wingard (You’re Next), will begin this Thursday in both the US and Canada.
The film, based on the well known Japanese manga from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, centers on a high school teen who finds a supernatural notebook that holds great power, anyone whose name is written in it will die. The young man begins to kill those he believes is unworthy of life.
Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) leads the cast that also includes Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, Shea Whigham and Paul Nakauchi.
Death Note is produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Masi Oka and Jason Hoffs. Johnathan Eirich, Mirir Yoon Branden Ferguson, and John Powers Middleton are serving as executive producers.
This is not the first time the comic has been adapted into a feature film. There is a 2006 Japanese film directed by Tetsuro Araki and Tomohiko Ito (trailer below). There was also an animated series that aired from 2006 to 2007 (below).
We can expect to see the new adaption of Death Note premiere on Netflix’s streaming service sometime next year.