John Green Producing AFC Wimbledon Movie for Fox 2000
'The Fault in Our Stars' author will produce a movie centered on the creation of the English soccer club Wimbledon for Fox 2000.
YA author extraordinaire John Green has solidified his movie deal and it has nothing to do with teenage angst.
The Fault in Our Stars author will produce a movie centered around the creation of English soccer club Wimbledon AFC for Fox 2000.
Wimbledon's recent history is one that has all the hallmarks for a dramatic retelling.
In 2001, it was revealed that the original club, Wimbledon FC, a team with a long and proud history dating back to the 19th century, was to be moved from its spiritual home in London's southwest to the town of Milton Keynes some 56 miles north. Unwilling to support a club that they felt didn't represent its legacy, many abandoned fans came together to form an amateur team from scratch, which in 2002 became AFC Wimbledon.
Despite starting at the very foot of the lower divisions, the team has since risen to find itself in the fourth-highest tier in the English football league system, having been promoted an astonishing five times in just nine seasons. MK Dons, as the old Wimbledon FC was renamed, now sit just one division higher.
Green made the announcement on Twitter and in a post on Reddit's r/soccer page, where he is currently holding an AMA about the movie.
In a lengthy blog post on Medium about the project, he wrote: "Football is a game where adults can sing together and cry together, a rectangle upon which we can see in manageable scale all that is good and terrible about people, all the injustice and folly and joy of human life. And when that rectangle was taken away from Wimbledon, they built it again. That resilience represents the very best of us, and I am so excited to be part of the team working to share that story with a wider world."
Temple Hill Entertainment is producing this project along with Green and his producing partner, Rosianna Halse Rojas.
Erin Siminoff and Molly Saffron are overseeing the project for Fox 2000. Isaac Klausner is overseeing for Temple Hill.
The last Green adaptation, 2015's Paper Towns, starred Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne and grossed $85 million at the international box office.