Sarah Polley Will Adapt John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’
It has been announced that filmmaker Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Dawn of the Dead) will adapt John Green’s Young Adult novel Looking for Alaska for film. Green himself took to Twitter to share the good news and his enthusiasm for the project. “So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska. 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.”
Looking for Alaska is set at an Alabama boarding school and centers on the relationship between protagonist Miles Halter and the beautiful and reckless Alaska Young, who has captivated the boys at school. It is a deftly told coming of age story with tragic overtones.
This news is a long time coming since the film rights for Looking for Alaska were originally acquired back in 2005. Apparently the runaway success of a certain recent Green book-to-film adaptation has breathed new life into the project. The Fault in Our Stars was wildly successful with fans, and according to Deadline, the film has just surpassed the $100 million mark.
It has been a very good year for John Green with the runaway success of The Fault in Our Stars, as well as an adaptation of his novel Paper Towns in the works.
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