Things aren’t looking good for the book to film adaptation of John Green’s Looking For Alaska.
In a new Vlogbrothers video posted Tuesday, Green offers a bad update concerning the adaptation of his first (and arguably best) book.
“When is Looking For Alaska going to be made into a movie? Ughhh,” Green growls as he clutches his hair, “I don’t know. Maybe never?”
“They’ve tried to make a movie a bunch of times but it’s always fallen apart for one reason or another,” he continues. “At this point I’m not involved in the project in any way. I’m not going to lie, it definitely bums me out, but it also reminds me just how lucky I was to have two amazing book to movie experiences.”
The lack of Looking For Alaska movie updates means there’s been no progress, he explains. “Maybe that’ll change some day. I hope so! But I don’t expect so.”
Watch John’s ‘Looking For Alaska’ movie comments below:
The Alaska section begins at 1:56:
These remarks don’t sound good, especially when he says he doesn’t expect for there to be any further news.
Filming on Looking For Alaska was expected to begin last fall but ended up being pushed to January (yes, this January) because there were disagreements between the director and producers over who should play Alaska, according to The Wrap in September.
Clearly, Alaska still hasn’t been cast and filming definitely hasn’t started.
Last fall we heard that pushing to January meant it was possible that they’d have to recast supporting cast members as well, further complicating the issue.
Paramount made at least two big attempts at getting the adaptation off the ground over the past couple years following the success of The Fault in Our Stars. The first try was in June 2014 when they named Sarah Polley the director of Alaska. Then, exactly one year later, they announced that Rebecca Thomas was the new director.
We hate to remind John in light of his frustration in the video, but last year when Rebecca Thomas was given the director’s seat, he proclaimed “IT IS REALLY HAPPENING” on Twitter.
At this point it’d probably best if John was able to get the rights back, then sell them to 20th Century Fox, who successfully adapted Fault and last year’s Paper Towns.
Hollywood… it sucks.