Adam Wingard’s Death Note movie heads to Netflix

Warner Bros drops Death Note but Netflix steps in

As big fans of Death Note, we’re very excited to see what the awesome Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next) does with his live-action take on the Japanese manga and anime series (let’s forget about the live-action). So the news that Warner Bros had decided to drop the movie was a bit of a shock.

However, Variety reports that Netflix has stepped in to pick up Death Note, which stars Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley. They note that it’s not on the same budget level as their other features, including Brad Pitt’s War Machine and the David Ayer/Will Smith collaboration Bright, but it’s still pretty beefy with a budget of $40-$50 million.

In Death Note, “Wolff plays a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.”

Death Note will start production in July, so we should expect more casting announcements soon.

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