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This story first appeared in the Jan. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
After leaving their jobs (Bowen at UTA, Godfrey at Davis Entertainment) to launch Temple Hill Entertainment in 2006, they paired with Summit to bring to life the $3.34 billion Twilight global phenomenon. In 2014, the duo adapted John Green‘s young-adult cancer novel Fault in Our Stars, insisting the Shailene Woodley starrer stay authentic. “We had to say, ‘No, guys, we are going to have cannulas in her nose,’ ” says Godfrey.
It worked: The $12 million film opened at No. 1 in June and earned $304.2 million worldwide (Temple Hill now has Green’s Paper Towns in production). After The Maze Runner, made for a lean $34 million, drew a 49 percent male crowd and earned $337.9 million worldwide, Temple Hill and Fox sprinted into the sequel, The Scorch Trials. “Wyck and I look at places where other people may not necessarily find value,” says Bowen.
The producing pair will continue to focus on emotional adaptations (e.g., Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride). “I really want to find a movie that does for boys what Fault did for girls,” says Godfrey, a father of three teen sons, “like The Outsiders or Rebel Without a Cause, that is reflective of what young men are facing today emotionally.”
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