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Bad Bunny to Executive Produce TV Adaptation of YA Novel “They Both Die at the End”

Bad Bunny is already making 2023 his year in entertainment! Recently he’s made appearances in TV and film projects like Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico and Bullet Train, respectively. He also made headlines last year for his history-making moves in the film industry by being cast in Marvel’s El Muerto as the first Latino live-action film lead in the franchise. Now, he’s switching gears and going behind the camera to serve as an executive producer for the upcoming TV adaptation of the YA novel, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera alongside executive producer Drew Comins, the creator of Yellowjackets. The series is being developed by Chris Van Dusen, the creator of the hit show Bridgerton for streaming on Netflix, according to Deadline.

“Death-Cast called and @Netflix answered!!!!” said Silvera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, in an Instagram post announcing the news. “I’m so hyped that we’re this much closer to Mateo and Rufus being brought to life for TV!!”

Originally published in 2017, They Both Die at the End takes place in an alternate version of our world controlled by Death-Cast, a corporation that predicts the exact dates of people’s deaths and informs them 24 hours in advance. The story centers on two Latino teenagers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, who receive notices of their “end days” on the same day — September 5. Upon getting the call, they rush to the app Last Friend that’s designed to connect people with the same end days and try to live out the rest of their lives together for one last living day. It made history in the publishing world as the first YA novel featuring queer Latinx characters to hit the New York Times bestseller list and continues to be considered groundbreaking representation for the Latinx and LGBTQIA+ communities. A prequel, The First To Die at the End, was published in 2022 and also became an NYT bestseller.

We’re so excited to see another Latinx story being brought to the screen for teens and that Latinx creatives are involved in front of and behind the camera from the get-go. Especially when it’s become a heart-breaking trend in Hollywood for streaming service giants (including Netflix) to cancel Latinx-led TV shows like One Day at a Time, Gentefied, and most recently The Gordita Chronicles, it’s clear that stories of our communities are still worth telling in every industry of media and entertainment.

No casting decisions or release date have been announced yet but the series will be available to stream on Netflix.