Netflix Keen On A “Death Note” Sequel

Though it’s getting trounced on by critics, if this week’s release of “You’re Next” and “The Guest” director Adam Wingard’s new film “Death Note” on Netflix proves popular, then you can expect a sequel.

Speaking with THR, Wingard says Netflix wants to make at least two films if enough people watch the first one:

“When I went to Netflix initially, I pitched it as at least a two-film series, maybe three, knowing this was the origin story. We definitely designed the film so it plays a closed loop. Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned…

…At the end of the day, there are a lot of places to explore where to take Light. And ultimately the series is sort of about almost his downfall as a character.

This is sort of the beginning of it or the origin of it. There are definitely lots of places to go, and we know generally where we would take it. Hopefully people will watch it and Netflix will order a sequel. They definitely are ready to. They just need people to watch it.”

The acclaimed original manga follows a high school teen Light Turner who finds a supernatural book that allows its owner to kill simply by writing down a person’s name. Nat Turner, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield and Willem Dafoe star in the film which is now online everywhere on Netflix.