There are a few types of movies that automatically come with high expectations: YA dramas; films starring in-demand actresses; adaptations of bestselling books. If you're a movie that's somehow all three of those things? Two words: good luck. And so it is for The Fault in Our Stars, the upcoming film version of John Green's beloved 2012 novel. It's hard to remember the last time a movie's expectations were this sky-high, with a trailer dissected by millions and a plot even more know by heart. While it's understandable, then, that many fans are anxious about whether the film can live up to its hype, I'm here to tell you to stop worrying, because TFIOS will be just fine. Why? For one thing, its director, Josh Boone, has just signed on to direct Warner Bros.' The Stand, the film adaptation of the Stephen King book often declared a 20th century masterpiece. If producers trust Boone with a project that loaded, then we can surely feel safe that The Fault in Our Stars is in capable hands.
Here are four other reasons to stop worrying about TFIOS:
1. It Has John Green's Approval
You may not need an author's approval for a movie adaptation to be good (see: Mary Poppins, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), but it certainly doesn't hurt. Having the writer behind the source material okay the film it inspired is a huge vote of confidence for any movie, and for a book as beloved by fans as TFIOS, it's more crucial than most. If any plot point or character is changed, fans are going to want to know that Green signed off on it, or else there's a chance that TFIOS could turn into the next My Sister's Keeper (translation: great book, terrible, ending-altered film). Thankfully, Green has been on board with the movie version of TFIOS since the very beginning, praising the casting and visiting the set as often as possible. Earlier this week, Green tweeted that he had just seen the finished film again, and that it was "even better than the first time" — and we all know how much he loved it then.
2. The Trailer Was Spot-On
When the trailer for TFIOS came out and the Internet exploded with joy, it might've seemed like people were praising the preview just because it was TFIOS, and not because of its actual quality. Maybe that's the case for other fandoms, but in the John Green world, that couldn't be farther from the truth. If the trailer had been weak or unsatisfying, fans would've had no problem taking issue with the filmmakers, writing Tumblr diatribes or demanding via Twitter that Green ask for a re-do. Yet thankfully, the TFIOS trailer was so good that the only rants written were about its quick, two-minute length. The trailer was a perfect, satisfying representation of the book, and hopefully, also of the real film.
3. Shailene Woodley Hasn't Done a Bad Movie
True, the actress, a TV veteran, has only been in a handful of films, but none of them have been bad; in fact, all of them have been pretty wonderful, or at least have the potential to be so when they're released. There was 2011's The Descendants, last summer's The Spectacular Now, and the Sundance-loved White Bird in a Blizzard. Add those to the highly-anticipated Divergent, along with its planned sequels, and Woodley's films' have received more collective critical praise than those of most actors with resumes twice as long. Sure, there could be some missteps in Woodley's future, but we highly doubt that The Fault in Our Stars, a project the actress has frequently shared her passion for, is one of them.
4. It's Written by Hollywood's Best Screenwriters
Remember these names: Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. In the next few years, they're going to be the guys behind all of your new favorite movies. After The Fault in Our Stars, the duo are penning Rosaline, a Felicity Jones-starring retelling of Romeo and Juliet; Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, the film adaptation of the 2012 bestseller; While We're Young, a dramedy starring Emma Watson; Me Before You, based on Jojo Moyes' acclaimed novel; and Rules of Civility, another book-to-movie adaptation based on the Oprah-loved novel by Amos Towles. For book lovers, TFIOS is just one more project in a dream lineup; for others, just know that Weber and Neustadter, the duo responsible for (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now, have a history of writing great movies. TFIOS is in good hands.
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