Josh Boone Sees 'The Fault in Our Stars' Maybe with Shailene Woodley
It sounds like there's a big break on the horizon for director Josh Boone. The filmmaker's 2012 TIFF film Writers, now going by the title Stuck in Love, was picked up and set for a theatrical release this April (watch the trailer here). Now Boone has been set to adapt John Green's bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars for Fox 2000. The project already has some high profile talent on board with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (Safe Haven) producing and Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (of The Spectacular Now and (500) Days of Summer) writing, and it sounds like some acting talent is already in the works too. Read on!
For those who aren't aware of the book, here's a synopsis:
At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives.
The two are kindred spirits, sharing an irreverent sense of humor and immense charm as they fall in love, even in the face of universal questions of the human condition--How will I be remembered? Does my life, and will my death, have meaning?
Though no deals have been made, THR says Shailene Woodley has been talking with Boone about taking the female lead. However, there's no offer on the table yet, and apparently True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is also in the mix. Knowing how well Woodley worked in The Spectacular Now at Sundance, from the same writers, she likely has an edge, but it remains to be seen how this all will play out. Honestly, I wouldn't mind see Miles Teller from the same film reteam with Woodley for this film, especially since their chemistry halped make the festival favorite so outstanding.
Meanwhile, this is certainly a passion project for Boone who says, "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.” Sounds like I need to read this book. Sound good?