John Green, the man behind The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, is putting aside teenage romances to produce a new film about a “lower league English football club,” the author announced Thursday via Twitter.
Green also posted an essay to Medium describing his passion for the project, which will be produced with Fox 2000 and the writer’s longtime collaborator, Rosianna Halse Rojas, a prolific vlogger and Internet personality. The essay introduces background details that serve as the basis for the film’s plot, which will chronicle the rise of the community-made AFC Wimbledon football club after the English Football Association allowed the U.K. district’s original team to move 70 miles away to the town of Milton Keynes in 2002.
“By choosing community over profit, and by reminding us that hope is necessary even when it is also preposterous, AFC Wimbledon has shown the world the way to Plough Lane,” Green 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.”
Green previously served as executive producer on the 2015 film adaptation of Paper Towns, which starred Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff. The Shailene Woodley-starring screen version of The Fault in Our Stars grossed over $300 million worldwide in 2014, topping the U.S. box office on its first weekend of release.
Further details on the film — including a title, cast, and a director — have yet to be announced