Nothing like a $100 million box office to make studio executives realize their mistake.

Author John Green's debut novel "Looking for Alaska" has languished in development since Paramount secured the film rights to it in 2005. Then Green's best-selling novel "Fault in Our Stars" hit the big screen and turned a huge profit and suddenly, "Alaska" is no longer on the shelf.

Green announced Wednesday on Twitter that the project will go to director Sarah Polley -- whose credits include "Away From Her" and "Stories We Tell."

"So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska," he posted. "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."

"Alaska" is a coming-of-age story about Miles Halter arriving at a boarding school and falling under the spell of an elusive and troubled girl named Alaska.



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