Rebecca Thomas is in talks to direct Paramount’s LOOKING FOR ALASKA, the adaptation of the John Green novel of the same name. Green’s works have become a hot commodity following the success of another adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars, and the forthcoming Paper Towns.
Fault in Our Stars scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will also script Looking For Alaska, which follows a teen who abandons his boring life when he arrives at the Culver Creek Boarding School, finding danger, adventure, and excitement after he befriends the gorgeous/funny Alaska Young, who pushes his life into a new direction.
Sarah Polley was previously in talks to helm the adaptation, but those discussions fell through. Sources report that the project is a hot one, with many directors vying for the assignment, but ultimately the studio set its sights on Thomas.
Thomas burst onto the scene in 2013 with the quirky indie gem Electrick Children, which follows a teenager raised in a fundamentalist Mormon sect who believes that her pregnancy resulted from listening to an album, setting off to Las Vegas to find the musician/father. The pic, which was Thomas’ directorial debut, received rave reviews and starred up-and-comers Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, and Liam Aiken.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
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