Jennifer Stasak Staff Writer
After rumors began circulating earlier this week about the prospect of Shailene Woodley being cast as Hazel Grace in the movie version of “The Fault in Our Stars,” one confirmation regarding the novel’s adaptation has definitely been confirmed.
Josh Boone will join “The Fault in Our Stars” alongside producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen who are the faces behind movies like “The Twilight Saga” and – most recently – “Safe Haven.” “(500) Days of Summer” screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are also aboard the project. And while Woodley has not been confirmed for the role as cancer-ridden Hazel Grace, she now appears to be the frontrunner for the film.
“The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green took to his Twitter to confirm his support of hiring Boone as the director of the film. The novel, Boone explained, had an emotional impact on his own life after he lost a close friend to cancer.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the director further explained: “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.”
The director then adamantly promised to do his best to bring justice to the novel when it is translated to the big screen. “I feel the weight and responsibility to get this right and give his readers and devoted fans as pure a translation as possible,” he explained.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is slated to tentatively begin production this summer.
Are you looking forward to how Boone translates John Green’s novel to the silver screen?