Selena Gomez’s Netflix Project ’13 Reasons Why’ Is So Important & Here’s Why

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Netflix Adapting ‘13 Reasons Why’ Into Selena Gomez Series (EXCLUSIVE).

Popular YA novel 13 Reasons Why is about to become a TV show. Gomez, who last appeared on the small screen as the star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” is executive-producing the project with her mother Mandy Teefey.Netflix is in final negotiations to adapt the best-selling young adult novel “13 Reasons Why” as a 13-episode series with Selena Gomez set to exec produce, Variety has learned exclusively.

After the streaming success of Beasts of No Nation, Netflix will again venture into developing its own content with Thirteen Reasons Why, a new miniseries starring Selena Gomez.The series will be based on Jay Asher’s 2007 novel which tells the stories that Hannah Baker, a high school girl who committed suicide, left behind explaining her reasons for ending her life.

Kristel Laiblin and Anonymous Content will also produce the 13-episode series, and the pilot was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.Brian Yorkey, who is also the series creator Besides the Netflix show, the 23-year-old is also keeping busy on the music front: She released her new album “Revival” earlier this month and and is set to hit the road next year for a world tour. It’s based on the novel of the same title by Jay Asher, which explores how the pressures of high school and adolescence drove its protagonist to suicide. The story will follow a boy named Clay (yet to be cast) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah, after she recently committed suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to twelve peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons explaining why she took her life.

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. This is Gomez’s first major executive producing credit outside of her Wizards Of Waverly Place career. (She served as an executive producer on the Wizards Of Waverly Place TV movie as well as The Wizards Return: Alex Vs. It’s a heartbreaking role, and some of the pathos comes from the pre-existing knowledge that none of the revelations over the course of the night will reverse her fate.

But it’s an incredibly important role to show on screen, and here’s why: It’s rare enough for the issues that come forward in the novel to be normalized for young women. The book highlights instances of bullying, sexual assault, depression, violence between young women, and adults and peers who don’t pay enough attention. A source close to Selena Gomez called this claim “absurd.” There is no way that Selena will be quitting music for a quieter life like they tried to claim.

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