When a modestly budgeted, teen-friendly movie opens with just less than $50 million at the box office, Hollywood usually starts thinking about a sequel. But as fans of The Fault in Our Stars know, the adventures of Hazel Grace and Augustus have ended. Still, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a follow-up, as next year will see the release of Paper Towns, the latest young-adult drama to be adapted from Stars author John Green.
Thankfully, you’ll be able to leave your box of tissues at home for this one — it’s a mystery, not a weepie. Based on Green’s award-winning 2008 novel, Towns is the story of two pre-teen neighbors, Quentin (or “Q”) and Margo, who discover a dead body in their Orlando subdivision. The book then picks up years later, when the former pals are now high-school students who have grown apart. But when Margo goes missing, Q decides to track her down — and discovers some of her long-kept secrets along the way.
The team behind Towns is keeping it in the family, with many key Fault players returning: Nat Wolff (pictured, with Green), who plays Q, landed the role after impressing producers with his turn as Issac, the blind cancer-survivor in Fault. Meanwhile, Fault screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, will serve as executive producers (along with Green himself, of course). Also returning is Fault producer (and Twilight franchise veteran) Wyck Godfrey, who found out about Towns from an unexpected source.
“When we were working on New Moon, my nephew was working for us,” Godfrey told Yahoo Movies last year on the set of Fault. “He was reading this book, and [he said], ‘Oh, it’s this book Paper Towns, by John Green, who’s this author all the kids in my year are obsessed with.’” Though the rights to the book had already been sold, Godfrey was able to buy them back — and eventually picked up Fault, as well.
If that’s not enough Green-to-screen excitement for you, the author’s first two novels, Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines were also optioned earlier this decade — only to sit around for years. Still, with Fault now one of the year’s biggest breakout hits, it’s a given Hollywood will kick-start them into development soon. You may just have to wait a little while longer. Okay? Okay.
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