Netflix has entered negotiations to pick up the rights to a Death Note movie, which comes after various reports suggest WB is considering lowering the number of films they put out every year.
The Wrap broke the news regarding the potential Death Note move, reporting that the adaptation of the Japanese manga series will hit Netflix at almost the same point of development it had reached at WB. Since the studio apparently pulled out very close to production, WB agreed to let the filmmakers shop the project elsewhere.
Word is that almost every major studio reached out to meet with Adam Wingard, the You’re Next and The Guest director attached to direct. Netflix looks to have moved in hardest, but only with the condition that Wingard take part in exclusive negotiations with the streaming giant.
Death Note is set to star Nat Wolff, know for leading Y.A. adaptation Paper Towns, and Margaret Qualley, known for playing Jill Garvey on HBO’s The Leftovers. If Netflix does indeed move ahead with Death Note, whispers suggest an offer may also be given out to Keith Stanfield, who played Snoop in Straight Outta Compton.
The manga series tells of a student with a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.
We’ll keep you informed.