The work of the Death Note lives on! Not in the literal sense like in the popular manga series “Death Note,” but in the sense that it is coming to life again on two different streaming services. U.S. fans will get a live-action film on Netflix next year, and Japanese fans will get TV series “Death Note NEW GENERATION” on Hulu Japan this Friday Sept. 16.
The TV series is a prequel to the third upcoming live-action film “Death Note: Light Up the NEW World” to hit theaters next month. The manga series was previously adapted to an anime, two live-action films, a live-action TV series, and–believe it or not–a musical in Japan.
“Death Note” (Netflix film)
We don’t know much about this Westernized adaptation except that Nat Wolff will star as Light Turner, Keith Stanfield as L, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, and Willem Dafoe voices Ryuk. Adam Wingard, best known for “Blair Witch” and “V/H/S,” directs the project. A release date hasn’t been announced yet. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon!
“Death Note: Light Up the NEW World” (Japanese film)
The film is a sequel to “Death Note” and “Death Note 2: The Last Name.” It takes place 10 years after “Death Note 2.” The plot centers on new characters who have “inherited the DNA” of Light Yagami and detective L. The successors will wage a war over six Death Notes on Earth.
“A crucial plot element will be the “Six-Note Rule”: Only six Death Notes are allowed to exist at a time in the human world. Of course, the shinigami (gods of death) themselves are limited to the number of Death Notes. Therefore, up to six shinigami may exist in the human world. This rule existed in the original manga, but previous adaptations in the franchise have not used this rule thus far.” (Anime News Network)
Shinsuke Sato directs the sequel. The cast includes Masahiro Higashide, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, Erika Toda, Rina Kawaei, Mina Fujii, and Nakamura Shidō II as the voice of shinigami Ryuk. The film releases in Japan on Oct. 29. According to IMDB, the film will also release in Singapore on Nov. 10, but the U.S. date hasn’t been announced.
“Death Note NEW GENERATION” (Hulu TV series)
The series will be a 3-episode prequel series to launch on Hulu Japan this Friday, according to Anime News Network. Higashide, Ikematsu, and Suda, who play the characters Tsukuru Mishima, Ryūzaki, and Yūki Shien in the film respectively, will be the focus of the episodes.
Check out the English subtitled-trailer of “Death Note: Light Up the NEW World”!