Death Note seems to be the film that keeps on giving. Netflix released its live-action take on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s acclaimed manga. So far, reception of the film has been mixed, but that doesn’t mean Netflix won’t get the film a sequel.
If you follow Adam Wingard on Twitter, then you may be thinking a sequel announcement will come soon.
Earlier today, the horror filmmaker took to social media to tease fans with some good news. “Just had a great call with Netflix about the weekend that made my day. Thank you for watching,” Wingard tweeted.
Just had a great call with Netflix about the weekend that made my day. Thank you for watching! pic.twitter.com/XYVhVsPO2L— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) August 29, 2017
The post, which was accompanied by a meme-tastic photo of Ryuk, has got fans buzzing online. The message is vague enough to keep netizens on their toes, but plenty think the nod may have to do with a Death Note sequel.
After all, Wingard has said before he pitched Death Note to Netflix as a trilogy rather than a standalone. The director told The Hollywood Reporter he kept the first film’s ending open to set up a sequel.
“We kept it open as a sequel. 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,” Wingard explained.
“Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned. On some level, I really love that the movie ends with all the characters damaged. It's such an unconventional ending for any kind of comic book film, and I really like that.”
Of course, plenty of fans have pushed back on the promise of a sequel announcement. Death Note just had its premiere on Netflix, so there hasn’t been enough time for the site to really gauge longterm interest in the film. If enough fans binge the movie over a period of time, Netflix may find Death Note 2 to be a worthy investment. The call Wingard received this weekend may have relayed the film’s viewership to the director. And, since it looks like he’s happy with the news, it is not a stretch to think Netflix is too.
What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies? We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.