Fans can breathe easy now that the cast of “13 Reasons Why” have settled the contract negotiations that led to a delay in production on the Netflix hit’s upcoming third season.
As Deadline reports, the cast had been holding out for hefty salary bumps — and that’s reportedly what they received.
Dylan Minnette (who, says Deadline, “has emerged as the sole lead following the departure of original star Katherine Langford”), will now earn somewhere in the range of $200,000 per episode.
Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, Devin Druid and Ross Butler will reportedly each be making $135,000 an episode for the third season, with their salaries rising to $150,000 per episode thereafter if Netflix greenlights a fourth season.
This, notes Deadline, is in the ballpark of what the actors had been seeking (Minnette’s initial salary was reported at being approximately $80,000 an episode, while the other actors earned between $20,000 and $60,000
Last week, it was reported that production on season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” could potentially be delayed due to the eight core cast members renegotiating their contracts.
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According to Deadline, negotiations were still taking place on the day before the first table read for season 3 was scheduled.
While sources close to the situation “sounded optimistic that agreements would be reached in time for the start of production,” which was to have begun on Monday, Aug. 13, it wound up taking a bit longer.
According to Deadline, Dylan Minnette — who plays Clay in the controversial Netflix drama — was seeking a salary in the $200,000 range, while co-stars Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, Devin Druid, and Ross Butler were looking for approximately $150,000 per episode.
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The first two seasons of “13 Reason Why”, adapted from a novel of the same name, follow the events that lead to the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford.
Langford announced on Instagram back in May that she would not be returning for season 3.
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"Hannah…I love you…and I let you go" Those are the words I was able to say six months ago, and now can finally share with you as my journey on @13reasonswhy has officially come to an END! As most of you know, this was my first ever job and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to tell Hannah's story so fully in season 1, and to be asked back for a season 2. Thankyou to @netflix @paramountpics @anoncontent , the incredible producers, creatives, cast and crew for making these last 2 years so special. And to all of you here – Thankyou for filling my life with love and light 🙏 This show will always be a special part of my life, and regardless of whether Hannah is there or not, I know that I will continue to strive to do work that is meaningful and has a positive impact – whether that be in film, music, or any other form of art. There is a lot coming up this next year, and I can't wait to share it with you 💖 #hannahbaker
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Season 3 of the Selena Gomez-produced series is set to make its debut with 13 brand new episodes in 2019.