Netflix Will Make Two More Death Note Movies if You Watch the First One

Posted 2017/08/25 2394 0

"Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned."


Speaking with THR, director Adam Wingard says Netflix wants to make at least two films if enough people watch the first one:

“When I went to Netflix initially, I pitched it as at least a two-film series, maybe three, knowing this was the origin story. We definitely designed the film so it plays a closed loop. Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned…

…At the end of the day, there are a lot of places to explore where to take Light. And ultimately the series is sort of about almost his downfall as a character.

This is sort of the beginning of it or the origin of it. There are definitely lots of places to go, and we know generally where we would take it. Hopefully people will watch it and Netflix will order a sequel. They definitely are ready to. They just need people to watch it.”

Death Note, first introduced to the world a as a manga by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, centers on high school teen Light Turner (Nat Wolff), who finds a supernatural book that allows its owner to kill simply by writing down a person's name. Along with girlfriend Mia Sutton (Margaret Qualley), they create the identity Kira to start a war on crime and reshape the world, even as the brilliant detective L (Lakeith Stanfield) seeks to track them down. Meanwhile, a death god Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) may or may not be helping the pair on their quest.

Early reviews have the movie sitting at a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. In the headline of their review yesterday, IndieWire proclaimed, “Adam Wingard’s Netflix Adaptation Is a Whitewashed Waste of Time.” Slashfilm called the movie “A Thoughtless and Lazy Adaptation of the Acclaimed Manga.” The Wrap says that “Remake of Japanese Hit Loses Everything in Translation,” while Polygon calls it “A lazy, meandering attempt that fails to entertain.” IGN’s review is more charitable than most, calling the film “A flawed take on the beloved manga.” IGN’s is one of just three fresh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, though the other two seem to genuinely like it. However, the streaming service doesn’t solely base its renewal decisions on critical reaction. Defenders tie-in Iron Fist, for example, received a sophomore order last month despite an onslaught of extremely critical reviews.

Arriving Aug. 25 on Netflix, Death Note stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as L, Paul Nakauchi as Watari, Shea Whigham as James Turner and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk.