Following a BAFTA win and two Oscar nominations for his biographical feature film Spotlight, director Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct the first two episodes of Selena Gomez’s new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, from Anonymous Content and Paramount TV. He will then go on to executive produce the remaining eleven episodes.
The screenplay for the show, which has been written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey, is based on Jay Asher's bestselling YA novel from 2007. It will tell the story of a boy named Clay who receives a box of tapes from a fellow student, Hannah, who recently committed suicide. The box also includes instructions for 13 of the students, detailing thirteen reasons why she took her life and explaining how they played a part in her death.
Although the adaptation was Selena's idea, she is not set to appear in an acting role. The Disney star will venture into an executive producing alongside McCarthy, Yorkey and Anonymous Content's Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar and Steve Golin, as well as her mother, Mandy Teefey and producer Kristin Laiblin, who helped her to turn the initial idea into reality.
Selena confirmed the announcement by posting a screenshot of a Deadline report to her Twitter account on Thursday, going on to wish Tom luck at the upcoming Oscars.
Funnily enough, Tom also started out as an actor before moving into filmmaking. His first movie, The Station Agent, released in 2003, won several awards including a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. Could this see a change of career path for Selena too?
His latest movie, Spotlight, has been nominated in six categories at this year's Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actor (Michael Ruffalo) and Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams). See the trailer for the movie below: