A live-action TV drama adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga “Death Note” is green lit! The 21st issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine made the announcement and added that the series will premiere in July this year. An official website for the drama was also launched by NTV where the show will be broadcasted every Sunday. According to the staff of the TV series, Near’s character will be included and the cast will be different from the previous live-action film adaptations.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006. It also spawned a 37-episode anime series which concluded in 2007. Three live-action films were also released and a musical adaptation is currently being held in Japan and its Korean counterpart is also set to take place in June this year.