Rebecca Thomas is on board to direct the film version of Looking for Alaska, John Green’s debut novel, published by Dutton Children’s Book in 2005. The book is being adapted into a major motion picture by the team responsible for the film version of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the adapted screenplay, and Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen in place to produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky for Paramount Pictures. The full story was broken exclusively by Deadline, and picked up widely by other major media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Variety, MTV.com, The Hollywood Reporter.
The film based on Let It Snow, the short story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, will officially hit the big screen on December 9, 2016, it was announced this week by Universal Pictures Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon is signed on to adapt the three romances that take place over Christmas Eve, with producers Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark on board for Universal-based Bluegrass Films. The Wrap, Hypable, Bustle,Deadline, Teen Vogue, are among the outlets that picked up this news.
HBO has optioned television rights to Marlon James’ award-winning Riverhead novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which will be made into a TV series. James will be adapting his novel for the small screen and working closely with screenwriter Eric Roth, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of such award-winning films as Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Munich. James’ novel has been on everyone’s radar since it was published last October, most recently winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Minnesota Book Award, as well as being named a finalist for the NBCC Award for Fiction.
John Greenwill close out Day 1 of BookCon with a Paper Towns panel on Saturday, May 30 at 6pm. The event will include exclusive footage from the Paper Towns movie, with additional details to be announced. Entertainment Weekly broke the news exclusively Thursday morning. This Sunday (4/12), Green will hit the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards for a pre-show interview with Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne to include a first look at Paper Towns. Green will sit down for interviews with The Insider, The Grace Helbig Show, Seventeen, and Teen Voguenext week.
Penguin Young Readers author John Green revealed the official trailer for the film adaptation of his bestselling book, Paper Towns (Dutton Children’s Books/Speak), with a guest appearance on “Today.” Hypable, Buzzfeed, Bustle, PEOPLE magazine, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, E! News, and Entertainment Weekly are among the outlets that covered the trailer reveal. A special screening of the trailer and exclusive scenes from the movie were presented for a packed theatre of fans in New York, with director Jake Schreiber and actress Halston Sage (Lacey) appearing as part of this Teen Vogue-sponsored event. Green and Sage also spoke to Hypable, HuffPo Live, Yahoo!, Bustle, Refinery 29, Collider,Page to Premiere, BN.com, Spark Notes,MoviePilot, and Fashion & Style. Then Green stopped by the Buzzfeed offices to answer questions, resulting in the “How Well Do You Know John Green” quiz.
All of this activity propelled Green’s Paper Towns to #1 on The New York Times Young Adult bestseller list, with 107 overall weeks on that list. The Paper Towns film is being released by 20th Century Fox nationwide on July 24.
Viking/Penguin author Elizabeth Gilbert will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for two full episodes of OWN’s Super Soul Sunday! The first show will air this Sunday, October 5, and will center on lessons Gilbert learned from her year long quest around the world in Eat, Pray, Love. Her latest novel The Signature of All Things will also be mentioned in the episode. The second show will air the following Sunday, October 12, and will be more personal, delving into what Gilbert’s life has been like since EAT, PRAY, LOVE and featuring stories from her follow-up memoir,Committed. Gilbert is halfway through Oprah’s “The Life You Want Tour,” which is on a brief hiatus, but picks up again from October 18 through November 15 in Houston, Miami, Seattle and San Jose. The first promotional trailer for the show is here.
If I Stay, the New York Times bestselling novel by award-winning author Gayle Forman, will soon be a major motion picture from Warner Bros. The film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, and Jamie Blackley, will be released in theaters on August 22, 2014 (watch the official trailer here). If I Stay is the emotionally arresting story of seventeen-year-old Mia as she walks the line between life and death in the twenty-four hours after a catastrophic car accident. The paperback movie tie-in edition was released on July 8, and features interviews conducted between the author and Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Mia in the movie, and Jamie Blackley, who stars as Mia's boyfriend, Adam. Read an exclusive excerpt of the interviews here, and find more information about the movie online at ifistaymovie.com.
Deadline.com reported on Monday that The Weinstein Company announced a $12 million deal for the movie adaptation of A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, which G. P. Putnam’s Sons is publishing next month. The deal was confirmed at the Cannes Film Festival this week, following a rights battle between The Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight. Lion, the working movie title, will be directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake), and produced by Academy Award winning producers Ian Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech).
A Long Way Home tells the story of Saroo Brierley, who was separated from his brother at a railway station in India at age 5. They were scavenging for food when he got lost, and Saroo boarded a train that took him far from home and he wound up on the streets of Calcutta. After a harrowing survival, he was rescued and adopted by a family in Australia. 26 years later, he used Google Maps to track familiar locations in India and found his way home to reunite with his birth mother.
Actor Chris O’Dowd, who is starring with James Franco in the current Broadway play based on John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men novel, recently took a “selfie” as he held the Penguin Classics Broadway tie-in edition of the book, then posted the photo on Instagram with the following comment: “I’m in the cover of one of my favourite books of all time #NotWorthy #Steinbeck.”