The emotional and hard-hitting YA novel 13 Reasons Why is going to be adapted into a 13-episode miniseries
Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why gives us a look at a young girl’s suicide through a set of 13 cassette tapes, each given to a different person schoolmate of hers, with each tape giving a reason why those thirteen people played a role in her suicide.
Actress/singer Selena Gomez will be executive producing, along with her mother Mandy Teefey and producer Kristel Laiblin. It had been previously planned to become a movie over a year ago, but apparently those plans were scrapped for whatever reason, and this one seems to have more steam for it to move forward.
“13 Reasons Why” marks Gomez’s first major exec producing credit, though she did serve as an EP on Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” TV movie, “The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex” in 2013. Gomez got her start on “Barney & Friends” and rose to fame on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” on which she starred for its four-season run.
The multi-hyphenate social media maven, who has over 47 million Instagram followers and over 30M on Twitter, recently released her second solo album “Revival” off the heels of her platinum single “Good For You.” She lent her voice to Adam Sandler’s animated “Hotel Transylvania” and its sequel, plus had starring roles in “Rudderless,” alongside William H. Macy, “Spring Breakers” with James Franco and the 2011 rom-com “Monte Carlo.” She also joined Season 9 of “The Voice” as Gwen Stefani’s team adviser and appeared in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. Coming up, Gomez will star in “Neighbors 2,”the follow-up to Zac Efron and Seth Rogen’s 2014 hit film.