After last year’s massive success of The Fault in Our Stars—a film that grossed $307 million on a budget of just $12 million—author John Green suddenly found himself a “hot item” in the movie world. The studio that produced Fault, Fox 2000, quickly put together an adaptation of Green’s novel Paper Towns with the same screenwriters (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber) and producers (Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen) as Fault, and with Paper Towns slated for release next month, it’s apparently time to push another Green adaptation into production.
Looking for Alaska was Green’s first novel, and while a film adaptation has been in development for a few years (Sarah Polley was at one point in talks to write and direct), the movie gained momentum this February when “the gang” (ie. Neustadter, Weber, Godfrey, and Bowen) got back together on the Temple Hill Entertainment project. Now it appears as though Looking for Alaska has found its director, as Green just shared the following announcement on Twitter:
Big announcement! The Looking for Alaska movie has its director, the brilliant Becca Thomas (@beccalouthomas). IT IS REALLY HAPPENING.
— John Green (@johngreen) June 25, 2015
Rebecca Thomas is a fairly new writer/director. She’s only made one feature-length film thus far, the 2012 drama Electrick Children, but I’m certainly interested to see what she brings to the table with regards to Alaska. 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.
There’s already another (sort of) Green adaptation set for release next year: Let It Snow, a book of short stories written by Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson. With a director now set for Looking for Alaska, it’s possible that Paramount could have the film ready in time to hit theaters next year, following a track similar to Paper Towns which set Jake Schrier to helm last summer.
It’s John Green’s world and we’re all just living in it.