Back in 2021, They Both Die at the End took BookTok by storm, becoming one of the top trending novels on the platform overnight. After reading, many dreamed of seeing the story play out on the big screen, with some even drafting up their ideal castings for the characters. Well, if you’re one of those people, you’re in luck! Netflix has just acquired the rights to the adaptation. Read on to find out everything we know so far.
The Book Behind the Series: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Since the Netflix series is an adaptation of the novel They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, it’s safe to assume it will likely stick close, if not completely, to the original plot line.
They Both Die at the End follows Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, two strangers who receive the same call on September 5. The message comes from Death-Cast, who delivers them the bad news that they’re going to die… today. Both looking to make a new pal on their End Day, they download the app Last Friend and decide to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
The story has been praised widely for its representation. The two main characters, Mateo and Rufus, are Puerto Rican and Cuban respectively. And, the book was the first queer Latino romance to ever hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list back when it first published in 2017. Additionally, the novel topped charts yet again in 2021 after going viral on TikTok. It ended up holding the YA #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for 15 consecutive months and was declared the #1 best-selling YA book in 2021.
Everything That’s Been Confirmed So Far
Netflix has just secured the rights to the series following a lengthy negotiation process. Apparently, the bidding was very competitive, with five different streaming platforms and networks vying for rights to the story. Before Netflix came out on top, the series was almost an HBO project.
Not only that, but the adaptation will be in good hands too. Recently, Netflix did a terrific job with their adaptation Heartstopper, which is another gay romance. Also, it’s set to be created by the studio Entertainment One, which is known for popular productions like The Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, and Peaky Blinders. Additionally, Chris Van Dusen and Bad Bunny have signed on as co-producers. On top of this, author Adam Silvera and Yellowjackets executive producer Drew Comins are also going to be involved in the creation of the series.
[LEFT: Chris Van Dusen / RIGHT: Bad Bunny]
Van Dusen’s involvement comes as no surprise. The American producer and screenwriter first declared his interest in working on the series back in 2021. His first collaboration with Netflix was also a huge success. He served as the showrunner for seasons one and two of Bridgerton, another book adaptation on Netflix that has been very triumphant.
Meanwhile, Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is a well-known Puerto Rican rapper. Recently, he branched out in the film industry with his starring role in Sony’s El Muerto. As someone known for uplifting the Latino community, we cannot wait to see what Bad Bunny, along with everyone else, does with project!
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