A John Green story will be making its way to a television near you. Hulu has ordered the Looking for Alaska TV show to series, based on his novel of the same name. The first season of the limited event series will consist of eight hourlong episodes. Looking for Alaska hails from Paramount Television and Fake Empire — Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s production company.
Schwartz and Savage also have Marvel’s Runaways at Hulu, where it was renewed for a second season, back in January of this year. Neither casting nor a Hulu premiere date have been announced for Looking for Alaska. When we know more, you will too.
Hulu hasn’t yet issued a press release, but here is more from Deadline.
Josh Schwartz’s 13-year journey to bring to the screen John Green’s best-selling novel Looking For Alaska has come to a successful conclusion. Hulu is finalizing a deal for an eight-episode limited series from Paramount Television and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire.
Schwartz wrote the pilot for the project, which garnered interest from multiple buyers, and will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Savage executive produces with Green, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters as well as Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill, which is behind two feature adaptations of Green novels, The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns. Fake Empire exec Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce.
Looking for Alaska thrusts us into the perspective of Miles “Pudge” Halter who is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . After. Nothing is ever the same.
Like a number of recent projects put in development or ordered to series by Hulu, Looking for Alaska is adapted from widely-known IP. Additionally, the novel resonates with a millennial, cord-cutting demographic that streamers, including Hulu, are after.
This is Schwartz and Savage’s second series at Hulu where they also have hit new drama Marvel’s Runaways, recently renewed for a second season. Additionally, the duo is behind Dynasty on the The CW, also renewed for Season 2. Schwartz, Savage and Fake Empire are repped by WME and attorney Joel McKuin. Schwartz is additionally repped by Mikkel Bondesen.
What do you think? Have you read the John Green novel? Who would you cast in the Looking for Alaska TV series? Will you check it out, when it debuts on Hulu?