Death Note 2 is still happening at Netflix. This, according to the sequel's screenwriter, Greg Russo. Back in 2017, the streaming service released a live-action adaptation of the beloved manga. Unfortunately, critics and fans didn't exactly embrace the take on the source material. Yet, Netflix felt the movie did well enough to begin development on a follow-up. While we haven't had much in the way of updates since the announcement was made last year, Russo has promised it's still coming.
Greg Russo has quickly been rising through the ranks, as Hollywood screenwriters go. While he doesn't have much in the way of produced work at the moment, his Mortal Kombat reboot is currently filming, and he's writing the Space Invaders movie and the Saints Row movie. Netflix tapped him early on to pen Death Note 2 and, taking to Twitter recently, Russo confirmed he's still got the sequel on his to-do list. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Appreciate all the check ins from #DeathNote fans. Have something very cool in the works for the franchise, can't talk about it yet but it's def alive and in good hands"
So, whatever form it may ultimately take, some sort of follow-up is indeed still coming down the pipeline. As for when that may happen remains tragically unclear. Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You're Next) directed the first Death Note. Wingard is currently filming Godzilla vs. Kong for Warner Bros. It's not clear if he intends to return for the Death Note sequel, or if Netflix will tap another filmmaker to bring in a fresh perspective.
Death Note centers on a high school student named Light who finds himself in possession of a supernatural notebook that has deadly powers. It provides him with the ability to kill anyone he wishes by simply inscribing their name within its pages. Intoxicated with this newfound power, he begins to eliminate people he deems unworthy of life. The cast for the first movie includes Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega), Shea Whigham (Agent Carter), and Willem Dafoe (John Wick) as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. It's not clear if any of the cast members will return.
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the original Death Note manga was released in 2003. It has since gone on to gain a massive following and is highly regarded by its readers. Netflix's movie, meanwhile, holds a very poor 39 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, to go with an even poorer 24 percent audience rating. With that in mind, they're sure to make some big changes when it comes to Death Note 2. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. Be sure to check out the post from Greg Russo's Twitter for yourself.