UPDATE: It has been confirmed by John Green on his Facebook page that Sarah Polley will in fact write the screenplay for, as well as direct, Looking for Alaska!
You may know actress Sarah Polley from Dawn of the Dead or The Sweet Hereafter, but she’s also a very talented director and writer. And word is that Paramount Pictures has approached her about adapting John Green‘s Looking for Alaska into film.
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.
Polley also wrote the script for Away From Her, which was nominated for an Oscar. So, as works begin on Paper Towns, another John Green novel, which will star The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff, it looks to be Greenies can be excited about another one of his books set to the big screen. Considering how well TFIOS did, it’s not a surprise the movie studios are clamoring to turn all of his books into movies.
The film will be produced by Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky through Watermark Pictures.