Death Note is a 2017 American neo-noir supernatural thriller film loosely adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The film is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater. The film stars Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe, and follows the story of an academically-bright, but introverted Seattle high school student named Light Turner, who finds a mysterious supernatural notebook known as the "Death Note", which can kill anyone whose name is written in its pages. After being intrigued with its god-like abilities, Light eventually decides to trigger a world-wide massacre of criminals and terrorists, in order to change the world into a utopian society without crime, under the alias of a god-like vigilante: "Kira", eventually attracting the attention of an enigmatic international detective, known only under the alias of "L", who attempts to find Light and end his reign of terror.
The film was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017. Upon release, Death Note received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Much of the criticism was directed towards the incoherent writing, pacing, numerous changes from the source material as well as omissions of many of its crucial elements; however, Wingard's direction, the visual style, soundtrack and the performances of the cast were praised.
A sequel is currently in the works, with Greg Russo attached to write the screenplay.