John Green’s ‘Looking For Alaska’ Movie Finds New Life And An Exciting Writer

Sarah Polley will write the script.

“The Fault in Our Stars” turned John Green into YA royalty, and now the film adaptation has significantly raised his stock in Hollywood. The success of the “Fault in Our Stars” movie, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort has helped revitalize another project based on one of Green’s books.

“Looking for Alaska,” Green’s first book, had been optioned but got stuck in the development. Now Paramount has pumped life back into the project, with an exciting filmmaker attached.

According to a report from Deadline, Sarah Polley, the actress, writer and director responsible for movies like “Take This Waltz” and “Stories We Tell,” will adapt the story of 16-year-old Miles Halter and his adventures in an Alabama boarding school, based on the strength of a pitch she made to the studio.

Polley is only writing the script for “Looking for Alaska” at this point, and there’s expected to be a conversation about her potentially directing the adaptation down the road. Based on her recent output, I think there’s a strong chance that she ends up doing both.

Green himself dropped a coy sort of no-comment comment about the news on Twitter:

Another of Green’s books, “Paper Town,” is also in development for a film adaptation with “Fault” star Nat Wolff in the lead.

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