Fledgling Writer Greg Russo Is Penning A Sequel To Netflix’s ‘Death Note’


Like it or not, Netflix is delivering a sequel to last year’s controversial horror anime adaptation ‘Death Note’.  Directed by Adam Wingard (‘Blair Witch’, ‘The Guest’) ‘Death Note’ was originally intended to be released as a theatrical film by Warner Brothers, but was passed off to Netflix before filming began.  It starred Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, and Jason Liles with Willem Dafoe portraying the Death God Ryuk.  (Supposedly, Wingard wanted David Bowie, then Prince to voice Ryuk, and both coincidentally died before the film went into production.)  ‘Death Note’ was doomed by accusations of white washing and it didn’t help that when it arrived, it was fairly mediocre.

But, like the so-so David Ayer/Will Smith fantasy ‘Bright’, enough viewers were curious enough to check it out that that translated to excellent streaming numbers for Netflix.  The streaming service didn’t make an official announcement of a ‘Death Note’ sequel.  Rather, this information was buried in a larger article from The Hollywood Reporter about Netflix’s future movie efforts.

“Among properties it already owns, Netflix is developing a sequel to 2017’s horror-thriller Death Note, which Sarandos has called a “sizable” success, with Greg Russo writing the script.”

Greg Russo did not contribute to the first movie’s script.  In fact, he has no writing credits to his name, although he is attached to upcoming projects, ‘Mortal Kombat’, hurricane disaster movie ‘Category 6’ and a reboot of ‘Resident Evil’.

It’s unknown whether or not Wingard will return.  He is preparing to film ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. It also remains to be seen which members of the original cast will return.  The first movie ended on a series of cliffhangers, as Nat Wolff’s character Light had been found out by his father, while his nemesis L (Stanfield) had discovered a page from the Death Note notebook.

Were you a fan of the first ‘Death Note’?  Are you excited about the idea of a sequel?

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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