Looking For Alaska Movie Enlists Sarah Polley as Writer

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Looking For Alaska Movie Enlists Sarah Polley as Writer

Following the success of “The Fault in Our Stars” at the box office, a movie that was adapted from the book written by John Green, Deadline reported that “Looking For Alaska,” Green’s first novel, will also be given the Hollywood treatment with actress and director Sarah Polley (“John Adams”) tapped to write the script. Read on to learn more about the movie adaptation of “Looking for Alaska.”

It was eleven years ago when Paramount bought the rights to produce the film version for “Looking for Alaska.” The project is finally shaping up. According to Deadline, Polley, who also wrote and directed the critically lauded documentary “Stories We Tell” in 2012 and who received an Oscar nomination for writing the script to the British film “Away From Her” in 2007, was given the John Green project because the studio was impressed with her pitch for book.


Green himself was thrilled to learn that Paramount was choosing to go with Polley by posting his approval on his Twitter page.

But while Paramount has not yet disclosed that Polley may also be directing “Looking for Alaska,” Green confirmed this on his social networking account.

He will be overseeing the film adaptation, as he did with “The Fault in Our Stars.”

A popular young adult novel, “Looking for Alaska” is the story of Miles Halter, a 16-year-old boy who is having a tough time growing up in Florida. Sent to a boarding school in Alabama, Miles meets a girl named Alaska Young, whose adventurous spirit and penchant for pranks and vices like alcohol and cigarettes mask the unhappiness she is feeling.  The book is a coming-of-age story that has left many readers impressed, given that this was the very first novel Green has penned.

A third John Green book, “Paper Town,” is also under development as a movie that will star Nat Wolf (“The Fault in Our Stars”). With all these movies in the works, it’s clear that Hollywood has fallen in love with John Green.


And that’s the latest on “Looking for Alaska.”  For more updates on this film adaptation, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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