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Paramount Pictures films 'Looking for Alaska' in Michigan

August 7, 2015
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“Looking for Alaska” is a young adult novel by John Green. Photo via fb.com

The bestselling author of “The Fault in Our Stars” will soon have another of his books turned into a film that will be made in Michigan.

The Michigan Film Office said yesterday that Internationally acclaimed author John Green’s first young adult novel, “Looking for Alaska,” will be shot in Michigan this fall.

Shooting locations in the state will be identified in the following weeks.

Incentives and jobs

The Paramount Pictures project is eligible to receive an incentive of more than $7 million from the Michigan Film Office, based on projected spending of more than $21 million, with two-thirds to be spent "directly with Michigan residents and Michigan-based vendors."

The state said that of the more than 300 cast and crew expected to be hired for the filming, more than 200 of those are expected to be Michigan residents, along with 1,718 local extras.

While the state cut its film incentive program last month, the project is still eligible to receive funding, said Frank Provenzano, spokesperson for the Michigan Film Office.

“The film office is administering incentives that were approved before the incentive program was eliminated by the state legislature,” Provenzano said. “This project and others approved before the Legislature’s action will receive incentive funds. These ‘approved’ projects, by the way, have three years to use the incentive.”

The project

Paramount Pictures bought the rights for The New York Times bestseller in 2005. Although the project was shelved for years, the success of last year’s film version of “The Fault in Our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, has rejuvenated it.

The "Looking for Alaska" film will be directed by Rebecca Thomas, best known for directing the 2012 film “Electrick Children.”

The author Green will serve as the film's screenwriter, along with Scott Neutadter and Michael Weber, who both worked on the film version of “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Those interested in working on the film can send their resumes to lfafeature at gmail dot com.

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