Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have picked up the film rights to Jay Asher’s 2007 novel “13 Reasons Why” as a star vehicle for Selena Gomez reports Deadline.
Jennifer O’Kieffe is set to adapt the novel about a shy California high school student who returns from school to find a box waiting on his doorstep. It contains seven cassette tapes recorded by Hanna Baker, the classmate he had a crush on.
Before she committed suicide, Hannah sent the tapes to one classmate with instructions to pass them on to a list of students like a chain letter. The tapes explain to 13 people how they played a role in her death.
Mandy Teefey, Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing.