John Green’s "Looking for Alaska" to get big screen adaptation

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – John Green’s young adult novel “Looking for Alaska” is all set for a big screen adaptation with Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley to direct.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Green said, “So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska.” He added, “I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.”

Polley, 35, has gathered various praise for her work as an actress and filmmaker, most recently a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay for “Stories We Tell.” Her 2008 work “Away from Her” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The book follows Miles, a teenage boy who gets sent to a boarding school in Alabama, and meets a handful of new friends and the eccentric Alaska Young, who captivates his attention and changes his life forever.

“Looking for Alaska,” despite being Green’s first novel to be published, is the author’s third book to be adapted into a movie. The first is “The Fault in our Stars,” which premiered in the United States on June 6, and his 2008 novel “Paper Towns,” which is being worked on by the same TFIOS team.

Other details such as the cast and release date are yet to be determined and announced. Paramount Pictures has acquired the book’s film rights in 2005.

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