Fans of John Green know his first novel was actually Looking For Alaska, even if the first book of his that was adapted for film was The Fault In Our Stars. Then there was a film adaptation of Paper Towns. Now, finally, Looking For Alaska will get its due in an eight episode miniseries set to drop all at once on Hulu on October 18, 2019, according to TVLine.
There has been a plan to adapt Looking For Alaska pretty much since the novel’s debut in 2005, but every time the wheels of production have started, they just as soon seemed to stall. Paramount Pictures first bought the rights to the novel and intended to adapt it into a film in 2005, but then let it sit for nearly a decade. Then, following the recent success of The Fault In Our Stars, production seemed to pick up again. According to Green, for one reason or another, the project was shelved again, until about a year ago when Paramount TV decided to adapt the novel for Hulu as an eight episode miniseries.
Casting began with the two main leads Alaska Young and Miles “Pudge” Halter. Alaska will be played by Kristine Froseth (The Society, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser) and Pudge will be played by Charlie Plummer (All The Money In The World, Boardwalk Empire). Rounding out the cast are other familiar faces like Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Sofia Vassilieva (Medium), Timothy Simons (Veep), Denny Love (Empire), Jay Lee (American Vandal), Uriah Shelton (13 Reasons Why), Jordan Connor (Riverdale) and Landry Bender (Fuller House). Leading the charge as producers are Josh Schwartz (The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) according to The Hollywood Reporter. They previously collaborated on another show adapted for Hulu, Marvel’s The Runaways which has been renewed for a third season.
The premise of the novel (and presumably the miniseries) is that a young man, Pudge, transfers to a boarding school to find adventure and “The Great Perhaps”. And he does find it, in a group of friends and a mysterious girl that he’s dying to know more about. But when tragedy strikes the small boarding school community, he and his friends are left to wonder if perhaps it could have been prevented. John Green has stated that while the novel is fictional, there are elements of the story that are autobiographical, such as the boarding school setting and his need to find the right group of peers, via Publishers Weekly.
Looking For Alaska is set to drop all eight episodes on Friday, October 18, 2019.