Paramount Pictures is in talks with actress-filmmaker Sarah Polley to adapt Looking For Alaska, the debut novel by The Fault In Our Stars author John Green. The book has become a big priority at the studio since the sleeper success of The Fault In Our Stars, which just passed the $100 million gross mark on a $12 million budget. The film will be produced by Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky through their Watermark Pictures banner.
The novel is where Green first honed his talent for serving up serious subject matter to which young readers strongly relate. The protagonist is 16-year-old Miles Halter, who, after an antiseptic adolescence in Florida, moves to a boarding school in Alabama and learns coming-of-age lessons from his roommate and his beautiful and mysterious best friend, Alaska Young. She enthralls Miles with stories of adventurous and self-destructive behavior — and teaches him to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks against the school’s rich preppies — but despite their adulation for her, they can tell that she is unhappy and perhaps headed for big trouble. Read More »
'The Fault In Our Stars' Movie Already A Success
A book adored by the right demographic, stars with big social media presence, a killer trailer and a savvy campaign by Fox has the movie poised for out-of-this-world box office. Deadline's David Bloom and Dominic Patten discuss.
Amid all the fevered attention for massive summer movies featuring mutant humans, giant lizards and an edgy tomorrow with Tom Cruise, a tragic little love story between two cancer survivors appears poised to have its own big run when it debuts later this week. That is, if the other love story that Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars has been carrying on with a legion of social-media users is any indicator of its incipient box-office heat when it finally opens Thursday overnight on a Rentrak-estimated 3,000 screens. There have been lots of bread crumbs on this trail, all leading to what seems likely to be a very big weekend for a small movie, with even traditional tracking companies suggesting it will bring in more than $30 million for a film that cost less than half that to make.
The film, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teens who meet in a cancer-support group, is based on a best-selling young-adult book of the same name by John Green. That book became a big hit in part because of Green’s own social-media chops: he and brother Hank are the brains and faces of Vlogbrothers, a 7-year-old YouTube site with 2.1 million subscribers. The brothers alternate entertaining, high-energy rants about a wide range of subjects; John Green, for instance, is currently asking followers to buy a team shirt from one of the 32 countries participating in the upcoming soccer World Cup, to raise money for sarcoma cancer research. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After completing its adaptation of the John Green novel The Fault In Our Stars, Fox 2000 has made a deal for the 2008 Green novel Paper Towns, and it is working on bringing bring back together not only the producers and the screenwriters for another go but also one of the stars. Paper Towns will be built around actor-singer Nat Wolff, who co-stars in The Fault In Our Stars and stars in the upcoming Palo Alto. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are going to adapt, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing. The scribes will be exec producers along with Green.
Fox will release the Josh Boone-directed The Fault In Our Stars on June 6, with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort starring with Wolff. The scribe team wrote (500) Days Of Summer and The Spectacular Now, which Woodley also starred in. Fox 2000′s Elizabeth Gabler and Erin Siminoff are behind this, as they were The Fault In Our Stars.
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