2:56 pm EDT, June 25, 2014

‘Looking For Alaska’ movie names Sarah Polley director, screenwriter

Nine years since a studio bought the film rights, the Looking For Alaska movie is finally moving forward.

Deadline reported this afternoon that Sarah Polley is in talks to pen the script which is for Paramount. The studio has owned the rights to the film adaptation of John Green’s first Young Adult novel since 2005.

Update: Green has announced that Polley will write and direct the film!

Polley has had her hand in many aspects of filmmaking including screenwriting (she wrote the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell) and acting (she played Ana in Dawn of the Dead).

Looking For Alaska is the heartbreaking story of Miles who’s in search of “the great perhaps.” He meets a girl named Alaska at boarding school who changes everything for him. You can order the book now on Amazon.

Related: Hypable visits the set of The Fault in Our Stars

Fans of Green have long hoped for Looking For Alaska to be adapted into a film. Paramount has owned the rights to the adaptation since 2005. In light of The Fault in Our Stars’ huge box office success (we told you this morning that the film has now made $100 million in the United States), it’s no surprise that Paramount wants to move forward with the project.

In addition to Looking For Alaska, the behind-the-scenes team who brought you Fault is working on an adaptation of Paper Towns which will star Nat Wolff.

Who do you want to see star in ‘Looking For Alaska’?

Since a script doesn’t exist yet, don’t expect to see the Looking For Alaska movie in theaters no sooner than two years from now.

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