Tom McCarthy has joined the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, according to Deadline! McCarthy is fresh off an Academy Award win at the 2016 Oscars, at which he won Best Picture for his film Spotlight. The adaptation of this book has been in development for quite some time, switching from a film adaptation to a Netflix series, produced by Selena Gomez. McCarthy has joined the project as producer and director of the first two episodes! An Oscar-winner is a pretty awesome omen for the on-screen version of this story, isn’t it? The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey, who also was the original creator of the show.
It’s important to remind everyone that Selena Gomez will not be starring in the show, she will only be producing it, and casting decisions have yet to be announced. The decision to bring McCarthy on as director of a film that showcases suicide makes a lot of sense, considering his experience dealing with the sensitive topics of trauma and abuse on screen.
SYNOPSIS: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.