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Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump.  Read More »


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Fox 2000 Pictures has released a new trailer for Paper Towns, the new mystery romantic drama following a young man and his friends who go on the “road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.” I’m mainly interested in this film because it was written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, the screenwriters behind (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now. I also enjoyed director Jake Schreier‘s first feature Robot & Frank when I caught it at Sundance a few years back.

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Paper Towns

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green is back this summer with Paper Towns, a somewhat lighter tale of teen romance. Nat Wolff plays Quentin, an ordinary kid who carries a torch for his beautiful and mysterious next-door neighbor Margo, played by Cara Delevingne. But they haven’t much spoken since childhood, so he’s shocked when one night, she beckons him out on an adventure.

Then, things take a turn for the even weirder next morning when she vanishes, leaving a trail of clues for Quentin and his friends to follow. Watch the Paper Towns trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Looking For Alaska movie

It’s good to be Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The screenwriters behind 500 Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now had their biggest hit yet in 2014 by adapting John Green‘s hit novel, The Fault In Our Stars. They followed that up with another of Green’s books, Paper Towns, which hits theaters this summer. Now the band is getting back together one more time. Neustadter and Weber have signed to adapt Looking for Alaska, Green’s debut novel, the rights to which Paramount has owned since 2005.

Sarah Polley was once attached to direct, but that no longer seems to be the case. Read more about the Looking for Alaska movie below. Read More »

Lord Miller Rosie Project

Between Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie, and the Jump Street films, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have become the go-to guys for terrible-on-paper projects. But one of their next potential pictures actually sounds pretty promising right out of the gate.

The pair have signed on to develop and possibly direct The Rosie Project, based on a hit novel by Graeme SimsionThe Fault in Our Stars writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are writing the script. Hit the jump for more on Lord and Miller’s Rosie Project.

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disaster artist screenwriters

They’ve scripted indies, novel adaptations and off-kilter romances such as (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and The Fault in Our Stars. Now Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are scripting The Disaster Artist for James Franco, based on the book that details the making of cult film The Room. Read More »

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James Ponsoldt‘s wonderful film The Spectacular Now hits theaters August 2. It’s one of those serious, emotional, yet magical coming of age stories in the mold of films from the Eighties and Nineties. Films like Say Anything, Dazed and Confused, Almost Famous and The Breakfast Club. All four of those certainly influenced The Spectacular Now and they’re being screened to solidify that connection.

Nine cities across the country will be hosting four screenings on Tuesdays in July called The Spectacular Classics. The four films above will be preceded with an exclusive video introduction by Spectacular Now and 500 Days of Summer screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter discussing the specific connections. And, if that’s not enough, audience members will also get a free ticket to see The Spectacular Now. Read More »

There are more YA adaptations in development right now than we can count, but Fox 2000’s The Fault in Our Stars stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it features no paranormal creatures or dystopian societies whatsoever. Second, the novel by John Green is a critically acclaimed crossover hit — it was even named the best fiction book of 2012 by Time Magazine.

The film version of The Fault in Our Stars already has a Black List script from (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, and now it’s found a director in Writers helmer Josh Boone. Additionally, it’s looking to cast either Shailene Woodley or Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role. Hit the jump for more details.

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At the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, I was blown away by a film called (500) Days of Summer. When I interviewed director Marc Webb in Park City that year, he exclusively revealed that he was working with the 500 Days writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber on a adaptation of Tim Tharp‘s The Spectacular Now. Then, hot off the success of Summer, Webb got pulled away to do some little superhero movie reboot.

Cut to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Smashed became one of the top buzz films of the festival with a critically acclaimed tour de force performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and an incredibly raw filmmaking style that put director James Ponsoldt on our must-watch list. So when it was announced that Ponsoldt would be taking over as director on The Spectacular Now, we were excited. And the movie does not disappoint.

The Spectacular Now is everything I hope a Sundance movie to be. It has heart, many laughs, story twists that will jolt you from your seat, and most importantly, the film speaks to a deep truth. It is an honest coming of age film about growing up and facing the great unknown that comes after high school, something we can all remember and relate to. But it tells that story without the forced nostalgia of other Hollywood films.

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