Sarah Polley could adapt John Green’s debut novel ‘Looking for Alaska’

Sarah PolleyWith The Fault in Our Stars now a certified hit (over $100 million and counting at the box office and a rave review from yours truly that you can find here), it’s no surprise that studios are looking to continue to adapt John Green‘s work for the big screen. TFiOS’ scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are already working on a script for Green’s Paper Towns (which will also have Fault’s co-star Nat Wolff in the lead role) and now reports have Paramount teaming with Sarah Polley to write and direct Green’s first novel Looking for Alaska. I’ve heard excellent things about the book and Polley is a great filmmaker, so I’m all about this. You can see more below, and if you haven’t seen The Fault in Our Stars yet, go give it a chance.

Here’s the story from Deadline:

Paramount Pictures is in talks with actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley to adapt Looking For Alaska, the debut novel by The Fault In Our Stars author John Green. The book has become a big priority at the studio since the sleeper success of The Fault In Our Stars, which just passed the $100 million gross mark on a $12 million budget. The film will be produced by Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky through their Watermark Pictures banner.

The novel is where Green first honed his talent for serving up serious subject matter to which young readers strongly relate. The protagonist is 16-year old Miles Halter, who, after an antiseptic adolescence in Florida, moves to a boarding school in Alabama and learns coming of age lessons from his roommate and his beautiful and mysterious best friend, Alaska Young. She enthralls Miles with stories of adventurous and self-destructive behavior–and teaches him to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks against the school’s rich preppies–but despite their adulation for her, they can tell that she is unhappy and perhaps headed for big trouble.

Polley, who directed Away From Her and the personal docu Stories We Tell, pitched a strong take on the material, and that has led to the job of writing the script. There will be a conversation about directing, but that will come down the line. Polley was Oscar nominated for her Away From Her script, and directed Take This Waltz. Writing and directing has taken center stage, after distinguishing herself starring in such films as Dawn Of The Dead, Go, and The Sweet Hereafter. She’s repped by WME, Canada-based Gary Goddard Agency, Circle Of Confusion and Alan Wertheimer.

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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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