Stranger Things creators adapt the best anime to live-action
By Nathan Kamal | 3 minutes ago
Stranger Things is about to end its colossal set, streaming platform-breaking race on Netflix, and the creators have set their goals next time Obituary. To be fair, Matt and Ross Duffer’s brother team has a whole lot of plans for their next projects, and adapting one of the best anime ever made for live action is just one of them. Per Deadline, Duffer Brothers has formed a production company called Upside Down Pictures and has a full list of non-Stranger Things projects to continue working with Netflix, including one Obituary customization.
It is telling that Brødrene Duffer’s new production company lifts its name from Stranger Thingsand it seems that they intend to continue working on thematically similar projects as a live-action Obituary series. The original Japanese manga Obituary was first published in 2003, and appeared in the magazine Weekly Shōnen jumps until 2006. Since then, it has been adapted to virtually all media ever. A 37-episode TV anime version was shown in Japan in the early 2000s, and several different video games have been produced by Konami. There have also been four Japanese live-action movies based on Obituary, as well as a TV special. In America, Obituary is best known for a Netflix film adaptation that was released in 2017 (with a sequel under development).
Basically, for a franchise whose basic premise is that it is a book that will kill people if you write their name in it (basically a journal-oriented Ringreef), the series really captures the imagination. The thoughts behind Stranger Things is in an interesting place, where they basically have a built-in audience for one Obituary adaptation that will definitely see whatever is produced, but that will also most likely throw them out for what they have produced. On the other hand, Duffer Brothers has a lot of experience in remixing popular elements such as Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and HP Lovecraft to both recognition and criticism with Stranger Thingsso they can probably make something work Obituary.
The Stranger Things creators are also working on a number of other projects in addition to live-action Obituary. They will work with Amblin Entertainment (apparently Spielberg does not mind his work being mercilessly praised) and Paramount to adapt the fantasy science fiction novel The Talisman into a series. The novel was written by Stephen King (fills in the influence bingo card) and Peter Straub and will follow a young man as he crosses between our world and a mysterious other place, which seems right up in the Duffer brothers’ alley. Upside Down Pictures will also produce a stage play set in the world of Stranger Thingsas well as a lot of speculation about the spin-off series that Matt Duffer says actually does not want anything to do with Stranger Things (which raises the question of exactly how a spin-off is). The Upside Down Pictures will be run by producer Hilary Leavitt, who was involved in developing Netflix Ozark and Hulu’s The bigamong other series.