Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End, originally published in 2017, is currently sitting at the top of the New York Times YA paperback bestsellers list—and now it’s on its way to a screen near you. Deadline reports that Entertainment One acquired rights to the book, and that the adaptation will be written by Silvera and produced by Drew Comins of Creative Engine Entertainment.
The same studio/producer team is also developing Silvera’s debut novel More Happy Than Not as a series for HBO.
Kirkus Reviews called They Both Die at the End “as heart-wrenching as the title promises.” Here’s the summary:
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.
Deadline notes that the book was the first YA novel with queer Latinx characters to be a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s back on the list thanks in large part to the #BookTok community of Tiktok, where, as the Times recently reported, feelings about books are powerful things. They Both Die at the End is also back on the USA Today bestsellers list and the Indie Bestsellers list.
There’s no word yet on production schedule or casting.