Production Exclusive – Developments in Movie Adaptation of John Green’s “Paper Towns”

With the adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars just months away from hitting theaters, Fox 2000 Pictures has likely seen that fans want more movies based on Green’s novels. Deadline is reporting that the production company has started development and will be adapting Green’s 2008 novel, Paper Towns.

Fox also seemed to like the team that worked on The Fault in Our Stars movie. It was announced yesterday that screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will once again be penning the script, and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will also be returning. There is currently no director signed on to the project.

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A cover of “Paper Towns” (photo via JohnGreenbooks.com)

John Green will be an executive producer on this project along with Neustadter and Weber. In some other interesting news, actor Nat Wolff, who portrays Isaac in Fault, has been cast as Quentin.

Paper Towns follows Quentin, a young man who shares a strange connection with his neighbour Margo. As kids, they found a man who committed suicide in a local park. Margo ends up distancing herself from Quentin. until one night when she drags him out on a crazy adventure of revenge. The next morning she has vanished and Quentin takes it upon himself to search for her.

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Nat Wolff (photo via IMDb)

Sounds like it is going to be one big reunion on set! What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward to hearing more casting and production news for Paper Towns?

Sources: DeadlineIMDb and JohnGreenbooks.com

Movie Exclusive – Official New Still for “The Last Five Years” Released

Entertainment Weekly recently released a brand new still from the upcoming movie musical adaptation, The Last Five Years. This new still features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as their characters Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.

The story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. This musical is extremely unique and complex as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

Behind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001. Richard LaGravenese has been very involved with this adaptation as he is directing, screenwriting, and co-producing the project.

Currently, there is no official release date for the awaited film. However, production has finished and now they will be searching for distributors wanting to buy the film. Stay tuned for more updated information!

What do you think of this new still? Have you seen The Last Five Years performed on stage? Are you looking forward to this movie musical adaptation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join “Batman Vs. Superman”

Warner Brothers Studios shared some exciting Batman Vs. Superman casting news today. Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have officially joined the awaited Man of Steel sequel. Eisenberg will be taking on the role of Lex Luthor and Irons will be portraying Alfred.

It is quite exciting that both of these characters will be brought into the franchise as Lex Luthor is a staple character in Superman and Alfred is a major character in the Batman universe.

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Jesse Eisenberg (Image via WEBN-TV on Flickr.com)

According to an article on Variety, the film is still in early pre-production. This also became evident when it was announced recently the studio will be pushing the blockbuster from a prime July 2015 position to May 6, 2016.

Batman Vs. Superman is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay will be penned by David S. Goyer. Plus, the cast also includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)
Jeremy Irons (Image via Getty Images on IMDb)

What do you think of these casting choices? Do you think Eisenberg and Irons are right for these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing them as these characters? Stay tuned for more Batman Vs. Superman news as production continues!

Sources: VarietyFlickr.com, and IMDb

Casting News – Hugh Jackman Officially Joins Joe Wright’s “Pan”

Hugh Jackman does not usually play the villain, but it looks like he will be journeying into new acting territory in the Joe Wright-directed Pan. The actor will be taking on the role of Blackbeard in the Warner Brothers Peter Pan prequel. 

Jason Fuchs will be penning the script for this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. A new part of the narrative will focus on the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain Hook working together before Hook ultimately turns evil.

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)

Here is an official synopsis (via The Playlist):

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

According to Variety, Warner Brothers will be holding an open casting call for the roles of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily. For the time being, no other roles have officially been cast.  

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What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think this sounds like an interesting new take on the classic story? Who do you think should play Peter Pan and Tiger Lily? Stay tuned for more coverage of Pan as early production continues!

Sources: The Playlist and Variety

Movie Exclusive – Three New Stills Officially Released for “The Fault in Our Stars” Film

Over the past two days, there have been three new beautiful images released from The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation.

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly exclusively shared a still of Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) together in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Plus, two other exclusive images from scenes in Amsterdam have found their way online.

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For those unfamiliar with this incredible story, it follows sixteen year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) as she is battling thyroid and lung cancer. Her parents are worried about her, therefore they send her to a local support group, where she meets Augustus Waters (Elgort). As they get to know each other, their relationship grows and takes them on an unforgettable journey.

The Fault in Our Stars film is set to be theatrically released on June 6, 2014. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, and David Whalen.

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What do you think of these new images? What do you think of the cast behind the project now that we get to see them more in character? Are you excited for The Fault in Our Stars movie?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Potential Release Date for “The Fault in Our Stars” Trailer

Fans of John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, are no doubt counting down the days until the movie adaptation hits theaters in June. Green was very smart and social media savvy throughout the whole filming process as he shared pictures and video from the set, but this just left the fans wanting more.

Fox Pictures has stayed relatively secretive about anything to do with the film and had not released any exclusives until they recently released an official poster.

For those of you waiting for a trailer, there is a rumor that the first official trailer could be released on February 14, 2014 (Valentine’s Day). Don Boone, father of director Josh Boone, recently tweeted: Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 12.01.50 PM

Although Valentine’s Day would be the perfect day to release the trailer for such a romantic movie, Fox Pictures has not confirmed anything. Be sure to check back for more details and The Fault in Our Stars movie exclusives!

Hopefully this new photo that actor Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) shared earlier this morning will hold you over while you wait for the trailer:

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Sources: Twitter and Instagram

Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster for “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie

Those eagerly awaiting the movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars are in for a treat today!

The first official poster for the film has been released and it is absolutely stunning.This gorgeous poster features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as their characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

For those unfamiliar with the story should definitely consdering reading it because it is an amazing story.

It follows sixteen year-old Hazel (Woodley) as she is battling thyroid and lung cancer. Her parents are worried about her, therefore they send her to a local support group, where she meets Augustus Waters (Elgort). As they get to know each other, their love and relationship grows and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Take a look at the poster below:

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What do you think of this first official poster? Are you interested in reading the book and/or seeing the movie?

Source: Buzzfeed