YA adaptations are a common occurrence in the worlds of film and television, and often arrive with varying degrees of success, however this darker and emotive offering from Netflix looks set to transcend tradition and offer audiences something profound and important.
Based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows a high school boy, Clay (Dylan Minnette), whose friend Hannah (Katherine Langford) committed suicide just two weeks before. He receives a box with a recording from her about why she chose to take her own life, citing the 13 people who drove her to it.
Directed by Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy and executively produced by Selena Gomez, the 13-episode season, which will be available to stream via Netflix on 31st March, this sounds like a vital depiction of the many pressures – social, psychological, physical – that are enforced upon our young people today. Give the ambient trailer a whirl below.
13 Reasons Why is a new series from Netflix adapted from the best-selling books by Jay Asher. It follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (newcomer Katherine Langford) —his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them? If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, 13 Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heart wrenching story of teenage life that will deeply affect viewers. 13 Reasons Why is directed by Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Written by Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winner Brian Yorkey(Next to Normal), and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Joy Gorman and Brian Yorkey from Anonymous Content, and Kristel Laiblin. The series is a produced for Netflix by Paramount Television.
The show also stars Kate Walsh, Brain D’Arcy James, Derek Luke, Brandon Flynn, Justin Prentice, Alisha Boe, Christian Navarro, and Tommy Dorfman. Stick with Filmoria for more on this intriguing show as it develops.