With the working title “Death Note 2016,” the film will update the original 2006 film pair, in which a genius college student (Tatsuya Fujiwara) discovers a mysterious notebook that enables its possessor to deal death by writing the victim’s name on its pages. When the student, Light Yagami, goes on a killing spree, a reclusive private detective known only L (Kenichi Matsuyama) takes up the case.
The producers have not detailed the story of the new film, though it will involve six notebooks, six rules regarding their use and world-wide cyber-terror.
They have also not yet announced who will be cast as Light Yagami and L in their new incarnations, though the director will be Shinsuke Sato, whose credits include the 2011 hit “Gantz” fantasy/action duology.
Following the success of the two “Death Note” films, which were based on Tsugumi Oba’s best-selling comic, the franchise has generated the 2008 spin-off film “L: Change the World,” as well as TV animations, novels, games, a musical and a live-action drama series broadcast on Nippon TV from July to September of this year.
“Death Note 2016” will be released next year with Warner distributing.