The Duffer Brothers, Matt and Ross, recently announced their new production company called Upside Down Pictures. The unveiling of the new company also came with the announcement of the forthcoming project list from the stranger things Creators one of which features a brand new live action TV series adaptation of the famous Japanese manga and anime series death notice.
death notice started life as manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The series ran from 2003 to 2006. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who comes across the Death Note, a black book that gives him the ability to kill anyone he writes in it, as long as they have their name and face knows . Light begins using the book to kill criminals and is eventually visited by Ryuk, a shinigami who dropped the Death Note on Earth. When criminals around the world inexplicably drop dead, the enigmatic detective known simply as L is called in to uncover the identity of the killer they dub “Kira”. The series was adapted into an anime series in 2006 and ran for 37 episodes in 2007 and was directed by Tetsurō Arakiwho continued to work on several attack on Titan projects and was the director of the recent Netflix anime film bladder.
death notice both in written and animated form is one of the most well-known and celebrated series in the world that has won many awards over the years and the anime series is 100% based on Rotten Tomatoes
This is not the first time death notice has a live-action adaptation, with several adaptations made in Japan since 2006. Netflix has also previously attempted an adaptation with a death notice Live action film in 2017 directed by Godzilla vs King Kong director Adam Wingard. The adaptation moved the set from Japan to Seattle, Washington and starred Nat Wolff as a light turner, Lakeith Stanfield as L and Willem Defeewho gave the voice to Ryuk (Jason Lilies played the character in costume). The American adaptation was not well received and currently sits at a 37% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Along with the unveiling of the death notice Project confirmed Upside Down Pictures’ announcement as well as many other key aspects of the company and its upcoming season. That has been confirmed Hilary Leavitt (Orphan Black, Ozark) was hired to run the company. Other announced projects to come from the brand new company include live-action stranger things Spin-off series based on an original idea by The Duffer Brothers, produced by Upside Down and 21 Laps. A new stage play in the world and mythology of stranger thingsproduced by prolific and multi-award winning producers Sonja Friedman, Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Reader) and Netflix, which Daldry will direct, is also in the works.
Other projects include a serial adaptation of StephenKing and Peter Straub‘s The talisman that are produced in parallel Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Entertainment and Paramount Television are created by Curtis Gwinnand an original series of Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance). The company will develop both film and television projects as part of the Duffer Brothers’ overall deal with Netflix.
According to The Duffer Brothers, Upside Down Pictures will “aim to create the kind of stories the Duffers grew up growing up – stories that take place at this beautiful crossroads, where the ordinary meets the extraordinary, where great spectacle meets the intimate.” Character work coexists where heart triumphs over cynicism.” The couple recently released Season 4 of stranger things to Netflix, which now ranks at the top of Netflix’s most popular English TV series of all time.
There are currently no details on when the new live-action adaptation of death notice will begin production or when the series can be expected to be released.