Netflix Is Making Another Live-Action Death Note With the Duffer Brothers


The Duffer Brothers have started up a new production company called Upside Down Pictures which will help create more film and television projects with Netlfix.

Despite the name, Upside Down Pictures will create more than just Stranger Things shows and movies, and in fact, has already laid out a slate of projects the company will begin working on, including a new live-action adaptation of Death Note.

Death Note First Look

If you recall, Netflix previously released a live-action Death Note movie in 2017 directed by Adam Wingard and starring Nat Wolff. The live-action film took the Japanese manga and translated it to Seattle, Washington, but kept the premise of a teenager discovering a book that kills anyone whose name is written in it.

Details of the Duffer Brother’s version are sparse but it will be a live-action TV adaptation of the manga and anime. It is also likely a completely separate series, unrelated to the movie.

Other projects include:

  • An original series from the creators of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
  • An adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman in partnership with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount TV.
  • A new stage play set in the world of Stranger Things.
  • A live-action Stranger Things spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers.

Leading the new production company is Hilary Leavitt who has worked on shows like Orphan Black and Ozark.

While Netflix has had some turbulent times recently, Stranger Things remains a bonafide hit. And while the exact returns are unknown, live-action anime is something Netflix is investing heavily in.

While the company canceled its live-action Cowboy Bebop series after one season, it is still developing a live-action One Piece, a live-action Yu Yu Hakusho, and live-action Gundam movie.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.





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