Hollywood continues to mine The Fault in Our Stars author John Green’s catalog, and the next adaptation will be going back to the beginning. A Looking For Alaska movie is now in development at Temple Hill Entertainment—the same studio that got the ball rolling on the Fault movie—and they’re roping in some familiar faces to bring Green’s first book to the big screen. THR reports that Fault screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, whose other credits include The Spectacular Now and (500) Days of Summer, have been tapped to pen the adaptation of Looking for Alaska, with Fault producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen producing.
The novel revolves around a teenager named Miles who goes to boarding school for his junior year, where he meets an enigmatic young student named Alaska, whom he begins to fall for. The book is notable in that it’s been banned by numerous schools for its depiction of teen sex, a thing that happens in real life and is, in fact, not a made-up construct of Green’s imagination.
This is the second Green adaptation to gain steam after the success of The Fault in Our Stars, as Paper Towns is set to be released in theaters (once again by Fox 2000) on June 5th. The screenplay for that film was also written by Neustadter and Weber, and was also produced by Godfrey and Bowen. Essentially this has become the defacto team for John Green movies, and I imagine we’ll be hearing news about an adaptation of An Abundance of Katherines and/or Will Grayson, Will Grayson sooner rather than later.
I’m a fan of both Green and Neustadter and Weber’s work, so this Looking for Alaska movie is good news as far as I’m concerned. This is shaping up to be a big week for the screenwriting duo, as we also learned that Richard Linklater is in talks to direct their adaptation of Where’d You Go Bernadette.