It looks like Hollywood’s big screen take of the popular manga series ‘Death Note’ will be heading to Netflix, with Variety hearing word that the global Internet film subscription service has entered into final negotiations to pick up the Adam Wingard-directed film.
Created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the horror series follows Light Yagami, “a high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami – a God of Death – named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil… namely the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone hold such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.”
Wingard’s live-action film, which begins filming in June, has Nat Wolff (‘Paper Towns’) and Margaret Qualley (‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘The Leftovers’) in front of the camera. The most recent draft of the script comes from Jeremy Slater (‘Fantastic Four’).
Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are on board to produce. ‘Death Note’ was previously set up over at Warner Bros before being put into turnaround.