EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is negotiating with Rebecca Thomas to direct Looking For Alaska, an adaptation of the John Green novel that has been adapted by The Fault in Our Stars scribes Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, who are producing with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky. The protagonist of the novel is Miles “Pudge” Halter, who leaves his boring life behind, heads off to the Culver Creek Boarding School, and finds adventure and some danger because of his new friend Alaska Young, a gorgeous, funny, sexy and self-destructive catalyst for a life change in a daring new direction.
After the outsized gross of The Fault In Our Stars and the buzz on the upcoming Nat Wolff-Cara Delevingne-starrer Paper Towns, Green’s young-adult allure has made him as bankable an author as there is right now. So there were a lot of directors that wanted this assignment. Studio chose Thomas, who made her feature directing debut on Electrick Children, which she wrote as an original. She’s repped by CAA and by Susan Solomon of Principato-Young and Bruce Gellman of Hansen, Jacobson. The film will be cast and put into production quickly.