The upcoming season of 13 Reasons Why hasn’t premiered yet, but Netflix is ready for more high school drama.
The streaming service has renewed the controversial series for a fourth season before the third season premieres, but it has been confirmed that the fourth season will be the series’ last. It is also confirmed that season three will premiere August 23rd.
Based on the novel of the same name, the series chronicles the lives of several high school students as they deal with the suicide of Hannah Baker. Before she died, Hannah left a series of recordings behind the thirteen reasons why she chose to end her life.
Though the first season was critically acclaimed, it received backlash for its graphic depiction of Baker’s suicide (which was recently edited out). The controversy continued when the series was renewed for a second season, as many critics believed that extending the story was unnecessary and the storylines that deal with tough topics were being executed poorly.
It doesn’t look like the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why will end anytime soon. What are your thoughts on this early renewal?
Alice Sebold’s 1999 memoir, Lucky, is getting a film adaptation by Karen Moncrieff, who directed two episodes of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
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Previously Alice Sebold had written The Lovely Bones, a book about a murdered girl’s quest to find justice in the afterlife, so the spotlight was already on Sebold. Lucky, however, was a different story entirely. It’s a memoir, so the events described actually happened.
Warning: Plot described below. Contains descriptions of sexual assault and can be triggering to some.
Published on August 4th, 1999 by Scribner, Lucky describes how 1981, at the age of seventeen, Alice Sebold was attacked, beaten and raped off her college campus. After reporting the crime to the police, she was told she was ‘lucky’ to have survived. The rest of the memoir goes onto to describe her life afterwards, how she continued to finish college, how she spotted her rapist who smirked at her, how her professor Tess Gallagher was in attendance at her legal proceedings, and how after her rapist was convicted, Sebold’s apartment was broken into and her roommate was raped. Sebold’s own attack inspired her bestseller The Lovely Bones.
Paste Magazine notes that Lucky “sold over one million copies, surging to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list and [earned] Sebold critical acclaim for her visceral account of sexual assault.”
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Varietyreports that Karen Moncrieff will be adapting this story into a film. Moncrieff directed 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Episode 3’s ‘The Drunk Slut’ as well as the following episode ‘The Second Polaroid’. She has also directed critical darling The Dead Girl, a film about how the murder of a young runaway connects a group of unrelated women. Deadline reports her as saying:
I’m excited to tell this unflinching, true story of a fierce rape survivor and her battle to become the person and writer she always intended to be. Alice’s courage, wit, and willingness to remake her shocking personal trauma into moving and redemptive art are incredibly inspiring to me.
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James Brown, known for producing Still Alice, has been brought on broad as producer. He’s reported as saying:
Karen’s work on Lucky achieves what every great adaptation should, staying true to Alice’s memoir while imbuing it with the cinematic tension of a nail-biting thriller.
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Skywolf Media’s Lisa Wolofsky…
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…and Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros are financing the film and will executive produce, although Fortitude will exclusively handle international sales.
Right now Lucky is in pre-production and casting with filming scheduled for the fall.
According to the New York Times, Jay Asher, author of the book and now hugely successful albeit controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as he claims there was little or no investigation into allegagtions made against him during the #MeToo movement, which resulted SCBWI annoucing that Asher “had violated the professional organization’s anti-harassment policy. “Asher is seeking a jury trial and unspecified financial damages” from the the Society.
The allegations made against Asher date back to April 2017, when executive director of SCBWI, Lin Oliver, was contacted by seven women who claimed that “Asher had used the group’s conferences to prey on women sexually, then threatened them to intimidate them into silence, making them ‘feel unsafe to attend SCBWI events.'”
Asher has stated that the women were colleagues of his, and that while he had conducted extramarital affairs with them, these were consensual, apart from his relationship with one woman, who, he claims, coerced him into sex and proceeded to engage in harassing him relentlessly over. the subsequent decade.
The New York Times notes that the lawsuit asserts that Oliver “made false and defamatory statements about him that torpedoed his career, and caused financial harm and intentional emotional distress,” and goes on to list the effects that SCBWI’s actions have had on Asher and his career, saying his “literary agency dropped him, speaking engagements and book signings evaporated, and some bookstores removed his novels from their shelves.”
Asher also claims that Oliver ignored contrary evidence due to personal grievances relating to Asher’s success and that one woman had even admitted her accusations to be false.
The popular and controversial teen drama series 13 Reasons Why (based off Jay Asher’s book with the same name) has been renewed by Netflix for a third season that will be premiere in 2019. A teaser for season three was released on social media this morning and can be viewed down below.
The next season will have another 13 episodes and according to Paramount Television and Anonymous Content the show’s creator Brian Yorkey will return as showrunner of the series. The season is said to start filming later in 2018 with many of its actors such as Dylan Minette (Clay) and Alisha Boe (Jessica) returning.
However, Katherine Langford (Hannah) confirmed that she will be leaving after two seasons playing the character. Brian Yorkey, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Tom McCarthy, Steve Golin, and Selena Gomez are set to return as executive producers.