It seems like Netflix has finished the race as it has won the rights to a TV series adaptation of Adam Silvera’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling YA novel ‘They Both Die at The End’ – which will involve Emmy and PGA-nominated creator Chris Van Dusen, who’s best-known for creating Bridgerton, Yellowjackets executive producer Drew Comins, along with music sensation Bad Bunny.
They Both Die at the End, which was released in September 2017, revolves on the unexpected friendship between socially awkward Mateo Torrez and street-smart foster child Rufus Emeterio after the two boys receive calls from Death-Cast, a company that can predict people’s deaths.
Mateo and Rufus are paired up by Last Friend, an app that connects terminally ill individuals known as Deckers, after having learned that they only have 24 hours to live. Together, the boys make an effort to live their final day to the fullest by mimicking skydiving, going out to clubs in real life, and saying goodbye to their loved ones, including Mateo’s unconscious father.
The heartbreaking novel shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list quickly. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the book saw a boom in popularity and topped the chart for an incredible 15 consecutive months.
They Both Die at the End was the best-selling young adult book of 2021 as it approached the pandemic’s ease. The fact that it is the first YA book with LGBT Latinx characters to top the NYT bestseller list also made history. With such resounding success, it didn’t take long for the major studios to start contacting the author.
More details about the development of They Both Die at the End are still undisclosed, but we’ll let you know once there is more information about Netflix’s upcoming series!
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