After 13 Years, Looking for Alaska is Becoming a (Limited) Series!
Amazing news, guys! After a 13-year journey, John Green‘s YA book, Looking for Alaska, is finally getting the attention it deserves.
According to Deadline, the best-selling novel, originally published by Dutton Juvenile in 2005, is tapped to hit the small screen. “Hulu is finalizing a deal for an eight-episode limited series from Paramount Television and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage‘s Fake Empire,” the site reports. “Schwartz wrote the pilot for the project, which garnered interest from multiple buyers, and will serve as executive producer and showrunner.”
The show will have many executive producers, including Marty Bowen, who served as producer on John Green’s past movie projects, The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Clearly, he’s a YA production buff, ’cause he also produced other names such as the entire Twilight franchise, the entire Maze Runner series and, most recently, Love, Simon.
The famed author behind Looking for Alaska posted the news last night, saying:
Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an eight-episode limited series on Hulu–with Josh and Stephanie (who’ve stuck with this for 13 YEARS!) running the show. I’m excited. Hope you are, too.
Looking for Alaska will be adapted into an eight-episode limited series on Hulu–with Josh and Stephanie (who've stuck with this for 13 YEARS!) running the show. I'm excited. Hope you are, too. https://t.co/RqzJYbq115
— John Green (@johngreen) May 10, 2018
Back in 2014, LfA was reportedly getting the big-screen treatment. It even had Sarah Polley set to write and direct the adaptation. “So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska,” John tweeted that June. “I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.” Obviously, though, things didn’t work out.
This isn’t the only John Green production (potentially) in the works. Just a few months ago, in December 2017, JG announced that his most recent work, Turtles All the Way Down, may be adapted into a movie, as he sold the rights to Fox 2000 Pictures, which brought his other stories to life on the big screen. “It doesn’t mean there will definitely be a movie, but it means that there might be one,” he explained in a YouTube video. “So now’s the time to begin inundating me with casting suggestions.”