Sony Television is tapping the creative talent on Wattpad, the platform where users share stories in a text-like format geared for mobile viewing. The TV production and distribution company has acquired rights to Katarina E. Tonks’ (@katrocks247) “Death is My BFF,” a story written on Wattpad where it has garnered 92 million reads.
The story follows a sarcastic Angel of Death who meets his match when he comes to claim Faith William’s soul. Faith has five days to hold off signing away her soul, but demons, an arrogant playboy, and her own conflicted feelings for Death don’t make it any easy.
“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.”
The announcement on the heels of Wattpad Studios recent expansion into Asia, as well as funding totaling $51 million from investors, including China’s Tencent. Sony’s optioning of “Death is My BFF” is the latest move attesting to the company’s growth and the expansion of its Studios division.