In a rare move for a YA novel, Adam Silvera’s They Both Die At The End has been optioned for a premium cable series!
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production banner will lead up the show, which will be written by Chris Kelley and executive produced by Kelly, Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Rachel Rusch for HBO.
The official show description from Variety sounds much like the book, but with a new tweak:
Based on the book by Adam Silvera, “They Both Die at the End” is set in the near-future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them at the start of their last day on earth. It follows a seemingly disparate group of people as they live their scary, funny, weird, hopeful, romantic, and unexpected final hours, all connected through two teenage boys.
So Mateo and Rufus are still the main characters, but it looks like their world will be expanded to show more of the characters they interact with along the way.
The show is being billed as a half-hour comedy, though it will be a dark comedy or more of a “dramedy” in reality.
We’re just interested in seeing whether this is a limited series event or if HBO will try to make it work over multiple seasons because, ladies and gentlemen, that title doesn’t lie!
The series does not have a release time frame yet, but you can snag the novel now via Amazon!