Following a huge weekend of The Fault in Our Stars fans uniting at the box office to support John Green’s beloved bestseller on the big screen, fans are finding themselves drowning in tears—and not just because the movie was so sad. Many fans are wondering: What’s next?
Green has yet to publish another novel, standing his ground on the impossibility of a sequel to The Fault in Our Stars while also remaining mum on the topic of what his next book will be about.
But nerdfighters—what Green’s biggest fans call themselves—have nothing to cry about. Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, the screenwriting team that so perfectly took Hazel and Gus from page to screen are currently hard at work adapting Green’s bestselling Paper Towns for the same folks who produced the screen version of TFIOS. While no director is tied to the project, according to Fox, there’s certainly the possibility that Fault director Josh Boone could (and arguably should) take the helm. Aside from Boone excelling at bringing Fault to life, he’s also acknowledged his admiration for Nat Wolff, who played Isaac in Fault and is set for the lead role in Paper Towns.
So what else can you expect? Another heartwarming story that bottles up the essence of coming of age, falling in love and everything in between. Paper Towns follows Quentin Jacobsen—also known as Q—as he follows clues left by Margo, his missing neighbor, who he also happens to be in love with. Paper Towns also has an incredible supporting cast of characters in Q’s quirky social circle: Radar—who runs a site similar to Wikipedia—and Ben, a girl-crazy best friend who's obsessed with landing a date to prom.
The story keeps you on your toes with the mystery of Margo—and it’s one of desperation all too reminiscent of Hazel and Gus’ journey to Amsterdam.
Plus—spoiler alert!—the adaptation's elusive ending could be a little more concrete, or at least pleasing in a cinematic sense. After all, Weber and Neustadter famously found a way to make Joseph Gordon Levitt's heartbreak in 500 Days of Summer feel hopeful, and they didn’t shy away from altering the end of Tim Tharp’s Spectacular Now novel when adapting it.
Alas, no worries, nerdfighters, there are plenty of things to raise bottled stars to.