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MOVIES: Looking For Alaska - News Roundup

  • 3rd September 2015 - Production Delayed
    Paramount has decided to push its adaptation of John Green‘s “Looking for Alaska” from this fall to January 2016 after struggling to find the perfect actress to play Alaska Young, a studio spokesperson has confirmed to TheWrap.

    Anya Taylor-Joy and newcomer Autry Haydon-Wilson (a 17-year-old model) were considered the frontrunners to play Alaska, but it appears that Paramount, director Rebecca Thomas and producer Wyck Godfrey will go back to the drawing board after being unable to agree on a choice.

    The movie hinges on whether the audiences connects with the Alaska character and the filmmakers wanted to make sure they took the film to find the right actress rather than rush a decision to make a fall start date.


  • 8th August 2015 - Filming To Begin Fall 2015
    The state of Michigan has announced another high profile project will be filmed in the state, despite a recent cut in its film incentives program.

    The Michigan Film Office this week confirmed Looking For Alaska will start filming in the state this fall.

  • 24th June 2015 - Rebecca Thomas To Direct

  • 27th February 2015 - Film Back In Production
    Temple Hill Entertainment and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber worked together on Fox's YA adaptation of Green's novel Fault in Our Stars, which became a huge hit in 2014. Then Temple Hill producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen got back together with Neustadter and Weber to work on Fox 2000's adaptation of Green's Paper Towns, which will hit theaters this summer.

    And now, the writing duo and Temple Hill have signed on to Paramount's adaptation of Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska.

    Neustadter and Weber will write the screenplay for the film, which centers on a teen named Miles who goes to boarding school for his junior year. There, he meets a enigmatic student named Alaska and begins to fall for her. Temple Hill will produce with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky via their Watermark Pictures banner. Neustadter and Weber will executive produce.

  • 15th September 2012 - Film Shelved
    Q. Looking for Alaska movie? I can haz? Nao plz?

    A. The rights to the Looking for Alaska movie are owned by Paramount, which hired Josh Schwartz to write and direct the film. Josh wrote an excellent screenplay adaptation of the book, a screenplay which I desperately loved, but there was no enthusiasm for that kind of movie at Paramount, and so far as I know, there still isn’t. Paramount will probably still own the rights to LFA when my initial readers grow up and become famous film executives; hopefully then someone will make it, hopefully with Josh’s script, which I continue to love. Anyway, it could get made at any time, but I don’t know anything more than that.

  • 17th September 2007 - Film In Development
    Right now, Josh Schwartz is one of the busiest guys in television. The creator of "The OC" has two must-watch shows on the air this fall, "Gossip Girl" on the CW and "Chuck" on NBC. At the TCA press tour this summer, he took some time to talk with me about teen shows, James Bond and the wonders of Rachel Bilson.

    Because clearly you have a lot of free time right now, what else are you working on?

    I'm supposed to be rewriting this movie to direct for Paramount called Looking for Alaska, which is a young adult novel about teens in boarding school. I've got to get back to that, as soon as I can find some time.


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