Halia Abdel-Meguid will write and executive produce the “Death Note” series adaptation for Netflix and the Duffer Brothers’ Upside Down Pictures

Halia Abdel-Meguid Death Note

Halia Abdel-Meguid, a talented writer and executive producer, has been selected to lead the highly anticipated live-action series adaptation of “Death Note,” the renowned Japanese manga and anime series, for Netflix. This adaptation, based on the original work by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, is being developed under the banner of Upside Down Pictures, the production company established by the visionary creators of “Stranger Things,” Matt and Ross Duffer, as part of their overall deal with Netflix.

Abdel-Meguid, who possesses a deep appreciation for the manga and anime series, brings not only her exceptional writing skills but also her personal connection to the material. Fluent in Japanese and having lived in Tokyo, she is intimately familiar with the cultural nuances and intricate storytelling elements that make “Death Note” such a compelling and beloved franchise. This project marks another collaboration between Abdel-Meguid and the Duffer Brothers, as she previously served as a writing consultant on their adaptation of Stephen King and Peter Straub’s novel “The Talisman.”

The original “Death Note” narrative centers around a brilliant teenager who stumbles upon a mysterious black notebook imbued with supernatural powers. By inscribing a person’s name in the book, he gains the ability to control their life and death. Driven by an intoxicating thirst for power, the teenager embarks on a mission to rid the world of individuals he deems unworthy, while a dedicated law enforcement team tirelessly works to thwart his deadly agenda. While a film adaptation of “Death Note” was released by Netflix in 2017, this upcoming series will present an entirely fresh take on the captivating source material.

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Joining Abdel-Meguid in the production of the series are esteemed producers from the 2017 film, including Dan Lin from Rideback and Roy Lee from Vertigo, who will serve as executive producers. Additionally, Jonathan Eirich from Rideback and Miri Yoon from Vertigo have been appointed as co-executive producers, ensuring a seamless integration between the film and the series.

Abdel-Meguid’s talents extend beyond “Death Note,” as she has also contributed to Hulu’s forthcoming adaptation of “The Devil in the White City.” With a diverse background in acting and music, Abdel-Meguid discovered her true passion for screenwriting, leading her to graduate from the renowned American Film Institute (AFI) in 2018. Represented by Rain, Paradigm, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman, Abdel-Meguid is poised to make a significant impact on the industry with her exceptional storytelling abilities and deep understanding of the “Death Note” universe.

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Fans eagerly anticipate the release of the “Death Note” series, as Abdel-Meguid’s involvement promises an authentic and fresh interpretation of this iconic franchise. As production progresses, viewers can expect a gripping and thought-provoking narrative that explores the complex themes of power, justice, and morality. Stay tuned for updates and follow the journey of the “Death Note” series as it comes to life under the creative vision of Halia Abdel-Meguid and the talented team at Upside Down Pictures.

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