The Hollywood Reporter reported yesterday that the potential movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (known from this point further as TFiOS) has landed a director.
Josh Boone, whose only previous directing venture was 2012’s Stuck in Love, has signed on to direct John Green’s most recent novel.
So now that I’ve Netflix’ed Stuck in Love so I can judge it accordingly to see if I approve, let’s talk business.
First off, as any YA book/movie fan can tell you, the bar for this movie is set pretty damn high. If this tanks for whatever reason, I’m pretty sure there will be mass riots at the front gates of Fox’s studios, as John Green’s fans are a remarkably loyal bunch. Any unacceptable change, switch, addition, or omission will most likely not sit well. That’s not saying I’m anticipating it will be horrible. I was thrilled when The Hunger Games matched the awesomeness of the book, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower is absolutely THE. BEST. recent book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen in my somewhat short life. Since those were hits, I have high hopes that TFiOS is completely capable of following suit.
Boone also mentioned in an interview that TFiOS is a very special book to him, and it came along during a difficult time when he lost a close friend. You can read a bit more of his statement and here. Being that the book is so meaningful to him, he should be less inclined to mess with it’s amazingness.
Rumor has it that Shailene Woodley (of The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Hailee Steinfeld are in the running to play Hazel, one of the main characters. No rumors as far as who may be in the running for the character of Augustus yet, but if the casting for this is off, it truly will DESTROY this movie.
MAKE YOUR DECISIONS WISELY, MOVIE EXECS. Personally, going purely by physical appearance alone, I like Shailene Woodley (left) a little better for the role.
Lastly, I would just like to point out what could happen to ME should this movie actually happen. When I went to see Perks, I became a blithering, sobbing, emotionally demolished puddle of weepiness because I was so moved by the story, and seeing one of my favorite books brought to life. Given the storyline and depth of TFiOS, my experience with Perks will be pale in comparison to what a movie adaptation of TFiOS will do to me emotionally.
I might die.