As we've mentioned before, 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for literary adaptions, particularly for YA novels. And even though there are plenty of those adaptations already in the can and scheduled to be released this year, we can't help but look forward to a few that haven't even started filming yet, like the big-screen version of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars," which is being produced by "Twilight" and "Safe Haven" duo Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
MTV News recently caught up with the two gentlemen during a press day for their Nicholas Sparks adaptation and persuaded them to reveal a few details about the project.
Highlights from the conversation include the following: Everyone loves the script, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("(500) Days of Summer"), every actress we'd hope would be interested in the role apparently is, and they're really close to choosing a director.
"If you read the screenplay you’ll get the same feeling [as in the book]," Marty explained. "I think it’s one of the best screenplays I’ve ever read."
"Every actress I talk to is interested," Wyck added about the story's buzz and appeal. "And then we’re probably going to choose the director in the next two weeks. We actually are in the process of those meetings, and I’m really excited about our choices."
So how involved is Mr. Green?
"He’s very involved. He’s read every draft. We talk to him all the time," Marty said. "He loves the script, feels that we’ve captured everything that we could have hoped to capture in the book, so I think fans will be really happy with it."
And although Wyck and Marty said they'd been meeting with "a lot" of great actresses, they hadn't yet met with John Green-endorsed Hazel, Mae Whitman, so clearly we need to call some people. Or Mae needs to call some people. They also have to hire a director before they do any official casting.
"It’s tricky; you always want to do it with a director. We won’t pick an actor without the director," Wyck said. "The director really should be at the center of that, but the great news is we have our choice of the best actresses and actors of their generation."
"We’re gonna have Meryl Streep actually," Marty joked. "She’s amazing. She plays a 17-year-old cancer survivor!"
The bottom line is that we'll be seeing "TFiOS" in production much sooner rather than later.
"I think we’ll be making 'Fault in Our Stars' by the end of the summer. It's exciting," Wyck said.
"It’s also a book that if you’re an adult, to call it YA really minimizes the appeal of the book because you love that time in your life," Marty added. "We all kind of still identify with high school, whether we wish we were back there or wish we had done it differently, and to sort of relive that experience through the perspective of these two individuals and their love. My mother loves the book, you know. It’s just one of those kinds of books."
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