Film adaptations are a dime a dozen – from Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro getting a stage play to Wicked having a movie. Joining the long list is the Japanese manga Death Note, which the Duffer Brothers will direct.
While Netflix already released its Death Note adaptation in 2017, the Stranger Things creators are set to showcase their own take. Matt & Ross Duffer have formed Upside Down Pictures, a new production company borrowing the name from their popular series.
The brothers have a lot of projects for the future and includes making a new Death Note film. There are no further details yet, but the original storyline follows a teenager who discovers a black notebook that gives him the power over life and death by simply writing a person’s name on the pages.
An all-new live-action television adaptation of the renowned Japanese manga and anime series Death Note.
— Netflix (@netflix) July 6, 2022
The Duffers shared that their new company will focus on stories that inspired them growing up and the ones where “the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where big spectacle co-exists with intimate character work, where heart wins out over cynicism.”
While the filmmakers are applauded for the recent season of Stranger Things, their move to create another Death Note film didn’t really get a nod from the Internet so far. Users on Twitter were questioning if the Japanese Manga and anime really need another remake.
The 2017 adaptation got a 37% score on rotten tomatoes and a 23% audience score. Many were disappointed with the differences between the film and source material, like the omission of several characters, the lack of emotional depth, and the decision to cram the entire series in just under two hours.
Leaked first look at the Duffer Brothers ‘DEATH NOTE’ Netflix series pic.twitter.com/0imJAcTvgP
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) July 6, 2022
I can excuse making Will Byers’ arc an unrequited gay love story but I draw the line at trying to reboot Death Note in live-action again pic.twitter.com/PwRGUpXYgE
— nebula should have killed thanos (@gwenstacying) July 6, 2022
Netflix after ruining Death Note for the second time pic.twitter.com/ftUHmZtxPO
— Panda (@Sakuuda) July 6, 2022