John Green is crying again. Not because he’s sad, really. More like the way parents weep at weddings and at high school graduations. This sudden, unstoppable rush of happy tears has become so common for the 36-year-old author as he watches the filming of his 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, that it’s now a bit of a running joke. “John Green cries all the time,” says director Josh Boone, laughing. “This set basically has no testosterone whatsoever.”
So proud of Josh Boone!
Let Us Now Discuss the TFiOS Movie
To clear up some misconceptions, here is a list of things publicly reported about the movie adaptation of my novel The Fault in Our Stars:
1. The movie will start shooting in late August in and around Pittsburgh, PA. (Why not Indianapolis? Tax incentives. I’m sure they’ll make Pittsburgh look like Indy. To be fair, they are very similar places.)
4. Shailene Woodley will play Hazel; Ansel Elgort will play Augustus. No other casting has yet been announced. Will I land the role of Gus’s mom? IT’S TOO SOON TO SAY. (Casting rumors abound; in most cases, I know exactly as much as you do.)
6. The screenplay, which I think is very faithful to the book in both theme and plot, was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who also wrote The Spectacular Now.
7. Every single person I’ve talked to who is involved in the movie—the producers, me, Josh, Shailene, Ansel, the casting director Ronna, Scott, Michael, everyone—really cares about the book and is committed to making the best movie possible.
STUCK IN LOVE is Josh Boone’s first movie. (He will be the director of The Fault in Our Stars.) It’s a wonderful, funny, romantic film about books and writers, and when I saw a preview copy, I immediately knew that Josh had to be the director of TFiOS.
As you’ll see when you watch the movie, Josh and I have really similar taste and outlooks, and we’ve become friends in the process of talking about the movie. If you like my books, I really think you’ll love this movie.
The movie opens TODAY in Kansas City, Orlando, and New York. You should really see it, and then let me know what you thought via twitter or tumblr ask.
It is important to follow Josh Boone (the director of TFiOS) because he knows everything, and also is really good at tumblr.
You are going to love his movie Stuck in Love, which comes out later this summer. It features Logan Lerman, whom tumblr loves, and Nat Wolff, whom tumblr will soon love.
A note about casting: You might think that casting stuff happens months before it is publicly announced, but in fact generally everything is agreed to like FOUR SECONDS before I tell you about it, so I promise we are not keeping any secrets from you.
(And now back to paternity leave.)
Pick up the vinyl edition of the Stuck in Love soundtrack on Amazon. Features a different tracklisting from the CD and digital release! We’ve called it “The Writers Playlist.” Music by Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith, Big Harp, Like Pioneers, Bill Ricchini, and more!
Boone has excellent taste in music. (By the way, this is the tumblr of Josh Boone, who in addition to directing the excellent forthcoming film Stuck in Love will be directing the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars.)
I like Josh Boone so much, and I think he is the perfect director for TFiOS. He understands the book profoundly (as you can tell from his comments in the story above), and he is also tremendously talented. I am so excited!