In a happy turn of events, Paramount made a great decision today tapping Sarah Polley to adapt Looking For Alaska, John Green’s best-selling YA novel. The news was confirmed on Twitter yesterday by Green himself, who wrote:
So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska.— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah's movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
Recently, Green’s The Fault In Our Stars was adapted for the screen, opening to favorable reviews (including one from our own Tasha Robinson) and strong box office—more than $167 million on a $12 million production budget. Looking For Alaska, Green’s debut novel about a new student at a boarding school, and his attraction to a free-spirited girl named Alaska, should be in good hands with Polley. In only three feature films, including Take This Waltz and Away From Her, the Toronto-born filmmaker has demonstrated a potent, perceptive voice, drawing from deeply personal and familial experiences. (Stories We Tell, for example, is a documentary about Polley’s enigmatic mother).
It’s interesting to see Polley travel slightly out of her comfort zone here, hitching herself to both a major studio and a popular teenage novel. Clearly something in Green’s prose spoke to her—and it will be exciting to see how she brings those words to life.