Q:Hey John, I am making my way through old Brotherhood 2.0 videos and noticed your mention of LFA and AAOK being developed into movies. That was quite a few years ago now so I was wondering if there is still any plan to go ahead with these, especially in the light of the TFiOS movie being made. Cheers!
You never know. The vast majority of stories that get optioned or bought by Hollywood studios never ends up becoming films, and I’d truly given up on any of my books being adapted, but then everything lined up sort of magically for The Fault in Our Stars.
I own the movie rights to both Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines right now, and I’m not inclined to sell them unless the movie could be developed by a team of people I like and trust. (That has been the case with TFiOS, which is why the process has been so fun and invigorating. Most authors do not have such unambiguously positive experiences.)
The rights to Looking for Alaska are owned by Paramount. I don’t know if they’ll ever make a movie. I haven’t had any contact from them in many years. But certain the TFiOS movie increases the chances that some/all of the other books will get renewed movie attention.
My policy is to try to be happy either way: If a movie gets made, then it brings lots of new people to the book, which is great. And it’s a wonderful thing to see a story you’ve imagined take visible form. But there’s also something magical about a story remaining textual. No actor will ever “be” Holden Caulfield the way that Daniel Radcliffe will forever “be” at least part of how I imagine Harry Potter. And if we never get to see Alaska and Pudge, or Colin and Hassan, or Q and Margo, that’s okay with me.
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.)
None of John Green’s books are movies yet.
patiently waiting for john green books to become movies
You and me both, kid.
Q:How do you feel about the movie rights for The Fault in Our Stars being optioned?
Unambiguously happy. (By the way, the movie rights to The Fault in Our Stars were optioned by Fox 2000.)
Why unambiguously happy?
1. I like the people who are involved in this. They read the book with tremendous clarity and care, and they didn’t respond to it by being like, “This will make a billion dollars and we’ll all be rich,” which was really refreshing.
2. One of the producers is a Liverpool supporter.
3. There’s been a lot of grumble grumble the same production company made Twilight grumble grumble. Well, rest assured: They won’t make Twilight again. They can’t, because my book contains no vampires and very little glitter. What they’ve shown is an ability to make movies people like without comic book characters and billion dollar budgets, which is an underappreciated skill, and one that I find very valuable going into a challenging project like this one. It’s not easy to get Hollywood to make a funnysad movie about smart teenagers* with disabilities, let alone one that captures the guts of a story.
For the first time in my career, I feel like it might really work, and so I’m completely thrilled. (That said, there is a long way to go, and the vast majority of books that get optioned never actually turn into movies, and etc. etc. etc., so I’m not getting ahead of myself. But I’m very excited.)
* And, like, on some level it just required a lot of faith in contemporary movie-going audiences even to take a chance on a book like TFiOS. I am reminded of something a very prominent and famous Hollywood producer said to me about Will Grayson, Will Grayson: “The only thing audiences hate more than smart teenagers are gay teenagers.” Hearing things like that made me disinclined to work with people in Hollywood. But the discussions I’ve had with the people involved in developing The Fault in Our Stars have been vastly and refreshingly different.
Looking For Alaska needs to be a movie. or maybe not it might ruin it. asdfhfg.
This actually captures precisely how I feel about the entire enterprise.