Josh Boone to Direct ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ adaptation

The Hollywood Reporter TIFF Video Lounge Presented By Canon - Day 3 - 2012 Toronto International Film FestivalWhen one says ‘Young Adult’ and applies that to the world of feature film adaptation at the moment, one potentially thinks of supernatural romance such as Twilight and the like, or maybe of dystopian teen fiction such as The Hunger Games. The Fault in Our Stars is neither, but what it is, is fantastic.

A New York Times bestseller even after a year since release, The Fault in Our Stars is the most recent novel by writer John Green. Green is a renowned young adult fiction writer, having also written books such as Looking For Alaska and Paper Towns, as well as being one of the minds behind many a popular YouTube channel such as VlogBrothers and Crash Course alongside his brother Hank Green.

The book follows two cancer survivors: Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. They meet in a support group for those stricken by cancer, then slowly bond and become closer over the mutual appreciation of a novel. It is a tale that offers a rollercoaster of emotions through Green’s beautiful prose, one where you fall in love with the characters slowly, and then all at once.

The Fault in Our Stars was a critical and commercial success, and is regarded by many as Green’s best work to date. He has remained a consistent, effective and popular writer, so it was only a matter of time until one of his books would be adapted into a movie. That isn’t to say this is the first time one of his books has been picked up by Hollywood, the majority of his works have, but with recent developments it seems as if The Fault in Our Stars movie is going to happen.

Last year the screenplay for the adaptation written by (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber found itself in 2012’s Black List – a list of the best unproduced screenplays circulating the industry that year. The script itself is a very faithful adaptation to the book, which will certainly appease fans of the original source material while also being a potential standalone hit for new fans.

More recently, it was announced that The Fault in Our Stars now has a director: Josh Boone. Boone is relatively new on the scene, his most recent work being the movie Writers, which stars Greg Kinnear and The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Logan Lerman among others.

In a statement in regards to being given the role of director, Boone described how important The Fault in Our Stars was as a book following the loss of a close friend:

“John’s book came along just when I needed it. It pierced my heart and helped me deal with my grief. I laughed and cried and was left with an overwhelming feeling of hope. That our lives matter, that the love and kindness we share with others reverberates long after we’re gone.”

“I feel the weight and responsibility to get this right and give his readers and devoted fans as pure a translation as possible … We hope to create a little infinity within this film that fans can revisit over and over.”

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While there has been no word on casting for Augustus Waters (a role that will surely be hotly debated by fans), there has been talk of two potential candidates for the role of Hazel: Shaliene Woodley and Hailee Steinfeld.

Woodley, if you didn’t know, starred in the award-winning The Descendants in 2011 and will be Mary-Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Steinfeld is probably best known for her role in 2011’s True Grit, and will soon be seen in the upcoming Ender’s Game and Romeo and Juliet adaptations.

Both would be perfect for the role of Hazel Grace, but as mentioned before, the big question that still remains is that of the role of Augustus Waters. Augustus is a strong charismatic role, one that would inspire emotions deeper than a lot of other characters in mold. It is going to be interesting to see who they cast for that, as well as the rest of the cast.

At this moment in time however, it must be said that it is very exciting to see The Fault in Our Stars movie moving along. It is a book that has really deserved an adaptation in this world of young adult adaptations. What it lacks in the supernatural it makes up for in its humanity.

A faithful script written by the (500) Days of Summer writers is a good first step. Getting a director with a personal human connection is a strong second. Casting Shaliene Woodley, Hailee Steinfeld or any other viable candidate will start things running, and as time goes by, The Fault in Our Stars looks like it’s going to be a movie that’ll be a crossover hit with audiences. This is definitely the next big adaptation to keep your eyes on, and if you haven’t read the book, it’s strongly suggested that you do.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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