Netflix’s live-action Death Note movie may not have been a hit with fans, but Netflix is trying again with a Death Note live-action series. Deadline just announced that the series will be executive produced and written by Halia Abdel-Meguid.
Deadline says that Abdel-Meguid used to live in Tokyo and that she speaks Japanese fluently. And she’s already a fan of Death Note. Her own website gave this description of her likes: “Halia’s interests include etymology, Byronic heroes, anti-heroines, sinister folklore, ’80s fantasy flicks, shounen manga, historical cookbooks, Chopin, early crime scene photography, Gothic literature, and mafia movies.”
Abdel-Meguid penned the adaptation for Hulu’s The Devil in the White City, which has not yet been released. The Devil in the White City is about real-life serial killer H. H. Holmes and is based on Erik Larson’s book about him. In addition to this, she’s working as a writing consultant for Netflix’s The Talisman, which is based on the book by Stephen King and Peter Straub.
Deadline did not give much information beyond this, so this may well be our only update on Death Note for a while.
Though the live-action Netflix Death Note movie didn’t do well, the franchise is still globally popular. Begun as a manga series, it received an anime adaptation as well as live-action films in Japan.
VIZ Media publishes the manga in English, and gave this description of the first volume:
“Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.