Nerdfighters, rejoice! "Looking For Alaska" is now one step closer to actually becoming a movie.
John Green's first, and arguably most beloved, novel has spent years stuck in development, but the success of his breakout hit, "The Fault In Our Stars," and its feature film has breathed new life into 2005's "Alaska." Now, we have our most exciting update to date: the amazing writing duo behind "TFIOS" and the upcoming big screen adaptation of "Paper Towns" is teaming up again to pen the screenplay for "Looking For Alaska." That is huge news!
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will adapt Miles "Pudge" Halter's coming-of-age tale for the big screen, which centers on the teen's life at an Alabama boarding school and the elusive, beautiful girl he meets named Alaska. Filmmaker Sarah Polley was tapped to help pen the screenplay last year, and it remains unclear if she is still attached to the project.
With Neustadter and Weber on the job, it looks like fans will finally get to see the "Great Perhaps" come to life. We've been waiting 10 years for this moment, and here are some of the reasons you should be just as psyched for "Looking For Alaska"'s big screen adaptation as we are.
Alaska Young is a feminist YA heroine.Giphy
Alaska Young is the kind of girl you don't forget -- and no, she's not a manic pixie dream girl (shudder). She's a true enigma. Sure, she has a few issues going on inside her brain -- don't we all? -- and she's been through her own personal tragedies, but she’s a self-described feminist ("she said that it was sexist to leave the cooking to the women") who loves books and is always down for an adventure. What's not to love about that?
Its sexual exploits are extremely relatable.
One of the more memorable scenes in "Alaska" is the vapid sexual encounter between Pudge and his new friend Lara. In the midst of some sexual exploration, they realize, to their mutual embarrassment, that they have no idea how blowjobs work. Let's be real: sex is not intuitive. It's scary and confusing, and Green's writing in this chapter is so on-point. We hope this scene makes the final draft.
It's an ensemble cast.
More so than "Paper Towns" and "TFIOS," "Looking For Alaska" will only be as good as its ensemble cast. (But we're not too worried; after all, these are the casting people that introduced us to Nat Wolff and Ansel Elgort.) The relationship between Pudge and his best friend the Colonel is perhaps even more important than the whirlwind, passionate connection he has with Alaska. Finding true friends, as Miles does with the Colonel, Alaska, and the others at Culver Creek Prep, is one of the most important lessons "Alaska" taught us about life.
It will break your heart into a million pieces and then build it back up again. (We promise.)
Make no mistake: "Alaska" is just as sob-worthy as "TFIOS." It doesn't sugarcoat death; instead, it asks questions, as we all do. Death is confusing and awful and horrible and painful, but mostly, it just leaves us wanting to know more -- and in some cases, why. While "Alaska" doesn't have all the answers, in a way, that's the most perfect ending of them all.