The anticipated feature film adaptation of author John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars now has a director. The book debuted to critical acclaim last January, and the story centers on two cancer-stricken teens that meet in a support group and develop a relationship. The novel follows the two through the ups and downs of their disease, as they embolden each other to face an uncertain future. Fox 2000 quickly picked up the feature film rights to the novel and tapped (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to pen the screenplay. Now Josh Boone has been hired to take the helm, with The Descendants star Shailene Woodley in the running for the coveted female lead role. Hit the jump for more.
Josh Boone will be taking the helm of the adaptation, and he spoke with THR a bit about his vision for the film:
“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.”
Boone wrote and directed the comedy/drama Stuck in Love (previously titled Writers) that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but he doesn’t have any other major credits to his name. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga) are producing the film, and rumors have been swirling about the casting of the female lead in the past few days.
A report surfaced online recently that Shailene Woodley was in talks to take on the female role in the film, but THR cautions that the actress is simply in the running for the role and has not been offered the part yet. That said, Woodley showed tremendous promise in The Descendants and is absolutely fantastic in the Sundance hit The Spectacular Now, so I have no qualms with her eventually signing on.
Producers are looking to start production on The Fault in Our Stars sometime this summer. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the book, so I’m eager to see what kind of cast Boone puts together.