The previously announced live-action Death Note adaptation from Netflix and Upside Down Pictures has found its writer and executive producer in Halia Abdel-Meguid.
Death Note, a highly renowned Japanese manga and anime series, was originally written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. This dramatic, angsty, and dark tale follows the story of an intelligent teenager who discovers a mysterious notebook that gives him the power over an ancient Shinigami — Ryuk — and, therefore, life and death.
This version will be Netflix’s second attempt at a live-action adaptation following the 2017 film starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles, and Willem Dafoe.
The Duffer Brothers launched Upside Down Pictures earlier this year and already have several notable projects in the works for Netflix, including multiple Stranger Things spin-offs, an adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman, and more.
Abdel-Meguid’s resume includes writing for the upcoming Hulu series The Devil in the White City, an adaptation of Erik Larson’s book of the same name, which is being executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. Abdel-Meguid is also serving as a writing consultant for Upside Down Pictures’ The Talisman.
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