Netflix Lands Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Starring Nat Wolff

Nat Wolff
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Netflix is in final negotiations to pick up Adam Wingard’s “Death Note,” continuing to bolster its feature film slate.

The pic stars “Paper Towns” actor Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley and was originally at Warner Bros. before being put into turnaround at the studio.

STX and Lionsgate were among the other studios looking at the property, but Netflix is poised to come out on top with a June start date being eyed for production. While the deal is not expected to reach the same price levels as those for “War Machine” or “Bright,” the price should fall in the $40 million-$50 million range.

Based on the Japanese Manga series, 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.

Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing the project, which was previously adapted as a movie in its home country of Japan, where it spawned a sequel.

Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”) wrote a recent draft of the script. Shane Black was previously attached to direct.

Doug Davison and Brian Witten are exec producing.

While Netflix has become one of the more active buyers in the festival circuits, the studio is now beginning to ramp up its production slates with films like Brad Pitt’s “War Machine” and “Bright,” which stars Will Smith and was acquired by the streaming service for more than $90 million.

Wingard is repped by CAA, Jeremy Platt at Plattform and attorney Todd Rubenstein at Barnes Morris.

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  1. Chantler says:

    Can we just talk about how they cast Keith Stanfield as L, I’m just saying.

  2. So I guess they didn’t learn on how horrible the Fantastic Four reboot did with THAT director? That director and those casts…

  3. arixyanna says:

    He isn’t tracked down by a ‘reclusive police officer’, he’s tracked down by the greatest detective of all time, get your facts right.

  4. Leah Samford says:

    My question, why? An awful director and a awful movie to boot.

  5. Todd says:

    Hollywood still casting the “traditional” way. Im so sick of this,smh.

    • Rachel Ashton says:

      They made a live action version in 2006 with all Japanese actors and actresses. The movie was in Japanese so this one is basically for the English speaking community who don’t know Japanese but want a live action version.

      • Dr. Sasquatch says:

        You missed Todd’s point. Asian Americans can play the lead role too, no need to white wash the whole movie. However, I guess “English speaker” means ‘whites only’ to you.

  6. Laz says:

    “”””””””””””Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”) wrote a recent draft of the script. Shane Black was previously attached to direct.”””””””””” LoL ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  7. Blu Mizu says:

    Literally no mention of the whitewashing done to the characters and the story? Hasn’t Hollywood seen over and over that this it terrible?!

  8. D says:

    Um there are already 3 live-action movies for this franchise. why doesn’t Netflix bring us those?

  9. DNanikki says:

    reclusive police officer.

    Do your goddamn research. L is a discount Batman, just in good, not a police officer.
    Oh please say that the producers of the movie did their fruking research and this is not going to be shit. God please say they watches the series. Please, at least until episode 24.

    Now all we can do is to pray and hope.

  10. temp7 says:

    ‘”reclusive police officer”

    A private detective, not a police officer.

  11. jhs39 says:

    How does the economics of Netflix making 50-100 million dollar movies make any sense whatsoever unless they actually give those films real theatrical runs?

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