Maybe by the time the movies are available I’ll have had time to start reading the manga series!
Viz has announced that they will be bringing the two Death Note live-action films to the US, with exhibition at a couple of film festivals, followed by the DVDs in Summer 2008. Fun fact: “Both films star Takeshi Kaga, who is widely known by North American audiences as the flamboyant host of TV’s Iron Chef.”
Also on its way, the Death Note anime, starting October 20 at midnight as part of the Adult Swim programming on the Cartoon Network. (That means it’ll likely be dubbed.)
Still not enough? Check out John’s coverage of additional Death Note tie-ins.
The films and anime may be better choices for me at this point for sampling… I’ve heard such mixed things about the series wrapup.