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Sarah Polley to Adapt John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’

Paramount has decided to go “Looking for Alaska” with Sarah Polley, signing her to adapt the coming-of-age comedy-drama.

The studio is in talks with Polley to direct the adaptation of John Green’s novel of love and loss at an Alabama boarding school. Green tweeted that Polley will direct.

Paramount picked up rights to “Alaska” in 2005 and set up the project with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky after outbidding several other studios. The novel is centered on Alaska Young, the reckless girl who’s the object of affection for most males at the school.

Polley directed “Away From Her” from her own Oscar-nominated script. She won the Writers Guild of America award this year for best documentary script for “Stories We Tell.”

Polley is repped by WME, Gary Goddard Agency, Circle Of Confusion and Alan Wertheimer.

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