Oscar-Nominated Director Signs On For 13 REASONS WHY With Selena Gomez

An Oscar-nominated director will follow-up success with 13 REASONS WHY Netflix series!

Tom McCarthy, the acclaimed director behind one of the year’s most critically beloved dramas, Spotlight, is headed to Netflix to direct and produce the series adaptation of Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why!

The novel follows Clay, a high school boy who receives 13 cassette tapes from his recently deceased crush Hannah. On the tapes, which he is instructed to pass along to classmates and friends after listening to, Hannah explains how the people in the life affected her decision to commit suicide. Clay listens to them all of one night, discovering something profound and gut-wrenching in some of Hannah’s final words.

McCarthy will work with Executive Producer Selena Gomez, who is surprisingly not signed on the act at all, on the project.

After attempts to develop feature film deal with Universal Studios fell through, 13 Reasons Why went to Netflix for a 13-episode series order via Paramount TV.


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.


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