Five Films Following in 'Fault in Our Stars' Real-World Footsteps

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The Shailene Woodley cancer drama was a box-office hit. Here are a few other films based on YA novels coming soon to theaters.

No dystopia? No problem. The huge success of The Fault in Our Stars this weekend may lead moviegoers to look for other real-world-set YA stories making their way to the big screen. THR rounded up some of the most interesting stories focused on kids and teens dealing with real-world problems rather than vampires and other supernatural forces.


Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the adaptation of Gayle Forman's 2009 novel as a gifted young cellist whose world is turned upside down after a deadly car accident. Hovering somewhere between life and death, Moretz's character must decide whether she'll return to her life or pass on to the next. MGM and Warner Bros. are releasing the film Aug. 22.

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Fox 2000 will bring John Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns to the big screen, with Fault in Our Stars screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber attached to adapt. The film follows a teenage boy who is pulled into a night of adventurous revenge by his mysterious neighbor Margo. When Margo disappears, Quentin has to use clues to track her down. The project not only reunites Green with his Fault writers, but also features Fault actor Nat Wolff, who will star as Quentin, and Temple Hill producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.


DreamWorks acquired Rainbow Rowell's 2013 novel about two 16-year-old outcasts in early April, tapping Rowell to also write the screenplay. Don't expect the usual cookie-cutter, good-looking teens in this one -- the story centers on the much more relatable Eleanor, a heavy-set girl living in an abusive household, and Park, a half-Korean, half-Caucasian teen who hides his insecurities by immersing himself in comics and music.

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Lionsgate is adapting R.J. Palacio's best-selling 2012 novel about a 10-year-old with a facial deformity. A screenplay written by Jack Thorne is complete, and the project will be looking for a director soon.


Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in the adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's YA novel Where Rainbows End, which Constantin Film, Canyon Creek Films and RD Film Productions have slated for a fall 2014 release. The movie, currently in postproduction, follows teen best friends who are separated when one family moves from Dublin to the U.S.

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