According to Deadline, Halia Abdel-Meguid will be the executive producer and writer of Netflix’s new Death Note live-action series. Abdel-Meguid is a “longtime fan” of the series, and will be working with Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Stranger Things) on the show. Netflix previously released a live-action film that reimagined the story as an American one. [Thanks, ANN!]
The Death Note series will be yet another “new take” from the Netflix film. It is unknown if that means it will be set in America again, or if it will take the story back to its native Japan. Abdel-Meguid previously worked on The Devil in the White City and Miss Annity. She has also worked with the Duffer Brothers before on their adaptation of The Talisman. News of a new Netflix live-action adaptation of Death Note first appeared in July 2022. Back then, we only knew that the Stranger Things creators would be working on it.
Death Note originally came out in 2003 and is a supernatural suspense manga. It was a collaborative effort between Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Death Note focuses on Light Yagami, an honors student in Japan who finds the titular Death Note. The Death Note is a tool that shinigami (Death Gods) use in order to kill people, and with it, he goes on a crusade against criminals. L, a renowned detective, takes on the case, and the first half of the series centers on their cat-and-mouse game.