Netflix has landed the series adaption of They Both Die at the End. The news was revealed on Monday by Deadline. Per the outlet, Netflix beat out five other streamers/networks for the project. The series is an adaption of the best-selling Young Adult novel They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.
The series adaptation hails from Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen, Yellowjackets executive producer Drew Comins and studio eOne. Also producing the project is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, aka musician Bad Bunny. While it’s unknown how many episodes the series will consist of, Deadline has reported the project has received a “significant, script-to-series commitment.”
They Both Die at the End was previously in development at HBO with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and The Other Two co-creator Chris Kelly. At the time, the title was being developed as a half-hour comedy series.
The book tells the story of Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, two teens who receive they’re going to die on September 5th. Despite it being their End Day, both boys seek to make a new friend ahead of their deaths and use an app called Last Friend to do so. The duo soon end up connecting and meet up “one last great adventure” with the promise of living a lifetime in a single day.
The book was published in 2017 and quickly proved to be a breakout hit. The title’s popularity continued to grow over the course of the Pandemic, hitting No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2021 thanks to BookTok and went on to spend 15 consecutive months as the No. 1 Young Adult title on the bestseller list, as well as the best-selling Young Adult title of 2021.