Wattpad today announced that Sony Pictures Television has acquired the rights to Katarina E. Tonks’ (@katrocks247) Death is My BFF. Paul Shapiro, who brought the project to Sony, will executive produce under his All In Media banner, along with Wattpad's Aron Levitz and Eric Lehrman.
Tonks’ Death is My BFF hit series of stories have been devoured by fans all over the world, with more than 92 million reads on Wattpad.
In Death is My BFF, the irresistible and insatiably sarcastic Angel of Death is in for a rude awakening when he comes to claim Faith William's soul, only to discover he's met his match. Faith has five days to hold off signing away her soul, but demons, an arrogant playboy, and her own conflicted feelings for Death aren’t going to make it any easier.
“Wattpad is a place where new and unique voices share the the most original stories in the world,” said Aron Levitz, Head of Wattpad Studios. “Death is My BFF combines the best of romance and dark humour, and has connected with millions of fans globally. It’s the perfect example of the kind of creativity and genre-bending storytelling we see on Wattpad every day. We can’t wait to see this story win new fans on screens everywhere.”
“I started writing on Wattpad because of the unique engagement between writers and readers that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Katarina E. Tonks. “I set out to create a different kind of story, where the most feared villain in everybody’s life is personified as the sexy main love interest. I’ve been thrilled to watch readers around the world interact with the Death if My BFF series, spending millions of minutes with my characters and commenting on every plot twist and sarcastic one-liners.”
Around the world, nearly 1000 Wattpad stories have been turned into books, TV shows, films, and digital media. Recent entertainment partnerships for Wattpad Studios include projects and deals with CW Seed, Universal Cable Productions, eOne, and others.