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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Movie News for John Green Fans!

by Jenny Ramaley

Last night was spent crying through The Fault in Our Stars - again.  Now that the film is on HBO it's way too easy to keep revisiting that super John Green story. The literally-in-the-heart-of-Jesus scenes were filmed in the Episcopalian church at the top of my street so that's extra fun to see.

In case you haven't heard, July will bring another JG story to the big screen - Paper Towns.  Actor Nat Wolff, who played Isaac in Fault (lost his sight and his girlfriend to cancer) will play the young protagonist/John Green-type leading man. A young supermodel-in-real-life will play the mysterious object of his affection. The film's been getting good buzz - thankfully, it's said to be MUCH FUNNIER than Fault. Save the tears for the dark winter months - in the summer, bring on the popcorn and make us fall out of our seats!

From 20th Century Fox:
Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship - and true love. 

This is all fine and good. Bringing YA books to the screen can encourage readers young and old to check out the YA book that inspired the film, and hopefully other books.

But the news that many of us have been waiting for since 2005 is whether Paramount Pictures is getting anywhere on John Green's Looking for Alaska. Paramount has been sitting on  the rights since the book was published. Entertainment Weekly recently mentioned 'the movie' and supposedly the film is in production. John Green tweeted last year:

"So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska."

No release date yet. Keep your fingers crossed!

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