With The Fault in Our Stars still a few months away from release, and the unstoppable Shailene Woodley juggernaut gaining more and more steam, Fox 2000 clearly see the adaptation of the wildly popular John Green novel as a sure bet and are pre-emptively hoping lightning will strike twice. Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns has been optioned by the studio, who are hoping to bring back the creative team, including producers and screenwriter, and turn the novel into a vehicle for actor-singer Nat Wolff, who will appear in Stars as a supporting cast member.
Wolff is best known for starring in and composing the music for the Nickelodeon show The Naked Brothers Band (a show created by his mother). Paper Towns currently sits at number 5 on the New York Times Young Adult best-seller list, along with all of Green’s other books written solo, and has remained on the list for over a year. Green’s work comes with a definite indie sensibility that has been somewhat lacking in the most recent output of YA adaptations, which skew more towards genre and blockbuster. Clearly the studio believes in his work enough to option a second adaptation before the first has been released, and it wouldn’t surprise us at Bibliodaze one bit to see his other two novels receiving similar treatment (although we’re less sure about Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-written by David Levithan, since films made by mainstream studios for adolescents tend to primarily have heterosexual protagonists). Please withhold all “Male Saviour of YA” think-pieces for now, friends of the literary blogosphere.