Author John Green wants to make clear that the film adaptation of his young adult novel Paper Towns is distinct from the 2014 adaptation of his The Fault in Our Stars.
To recap, Fault made millions cry last June with its portrayal of cancer-stricken young lovers, played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. It became a generational touchstone while earning more than $300 million worldwide.
But for Paper Towns (opening July 24), think romantic dramedy instead of romantic drama.
"Paper Towns is very different from Fault in Our Stars, in every possible way," says Green. "Hollywood is so used to franchises. But this is not a series. It's an unrelated story that's beautiful and funny, and has a big heart."
There are connections, including the legions of Green followers who anticipate another coming-of-age tale. Paper Towns also stars Nat Wolff, who stole Fault scenes as the blind cancer patient Isaac.
In Paper Towns, Wolff is restrained, slightly dorky Quentin, or "Q," whose childhood changes when dream girl Margo (Cara Delevingne) moves next door. When they get to high school, the beautiful, impulsive Margo exists in a different social strata.