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Sarah Polley in talks to write/direct John Green's Looking for Alaska


After the success of the The Fault in Our Stars (it will reach $100 million domestic and is getting healthy turnouts worldwide) it seemed almost inevitable that other John Green books were soon coming to a theater near you. Soon before The Fault in Our Stars hit screens, it was announced that the production and writing teams would reunite to make an adaptation of Green's book Paper Towns starring Nat Wolff (who played Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars).

Now word has come today from Deadline that Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) is in talks with Paramount to write and direct an adaptation of Green's debut novel Looking For Alaska. Executives were reportedly blown away by her pitch of the material, and at the very least she will be writing the script, but it seems likely she will end up in the director's chair as well.

Originally an actress, Polley saw work in movies like Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, Guillermo del Toro-produced Splice and Tom Hooper's fantastic miniseries John Adams. Polley then got the opportunity to direct and write and she proved herself with great dramas like Away from Her which she landed an Oscar nomination for her script. She is a fine fit for this property and best of luck to her, as many have put Looking for Alaska as novel that is practically "unfilmable". Perhaps she could consult her former director Snyder how to do it, as he found success in getting his faithful and great adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen on the big screen.

For now, here's the book's synopsis:

"Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps."

As to how John Green is responding to the news he writes on his facebook page: "Apropos of no news whatsoever, have you guys seen Sarah Polley's amazing documentary STORIES WE TELL? Fascinating, funny, and so smart."

UPDATE (9:13 PM EST): John Green has confirmed via his twitter account that Polley is indeed onbaord as both writer and director.

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