The Duffer Bros are developing a live-action ‘Death Note’ series

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words by: Alee Kwong
Sep 24, 2022

Another Death Note live-action adaptation is coming to Netflix, and Stranger Thingsthe Duffer Brothers are taking the reins this time around. Many Death Note fans were sorely disappointed by the 2017 adaptation starring Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, and Lakeith Stanfield. The film was heavily criticized for how far it diverged from the original manga to the point where the director, Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs. King Kong), had to delete his Twitter account.


The 2017 film was meant to be the first part to a two-part film series, with Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City) to pen the sequel. Fans were promised that their criticisms were taken into account and would be considered when drafting the sequel. While Russo handles the second part of the live-action film adaptation, the Duffer Brothers are looking to create a live-action series that follows more in-line with the manga series.



The Duffer Brothers have recently created their own production company, Upside Down Pictures, which will primarily create content for Netflix. The twin duo has stated that the choice to launch their production company was centered around the desire to create “stories that take place at that beautiful crossroads where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where big spectacle co-exists with intimate character work, where heart wins out over cynicism.”


Their claim to fame is the meteoric success of Stranger Things. The brothers have disclosed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that they have plans to create spin-off series, confirming rumors that the spin-offs will revolve around new characters and they will connect to the Stranger Things world but not directly involve the characters we know and love from the original series.


“I’ve read these rumors that there’s gonna be an Eleven spin-off, that there’s gonna be a Steve and Dustin spin-off, or that it’s another number. That’s not interesting to me because we’ve done all that. We’ve spent I don’t know how many hours exploring all of that. So it’s very different.”


There’s no official release date for the Death Note movie sequel or the Duffer Brothers’ adaptation, but you can stream the 2017 movie and all 4 seasons of Stranger Things on Netflix now


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