Hulu released the first teaser trailer for Looking For Alaska, a series based on John Green’s novel of the same name. Green’s riveting YA bestseller, released in 2005, struck an emotional chord in its readers by tackling themes heavily centered on grief, searching for meaning, and coming of age.
Helmed by Gossip Girl mastermind Josh Schwartz, Looking For Alaska is an eight-episode limited series that follows years of failed film adaptation attempts of Green’s book. Recognized for impeccably depicting the poignant trials that come with youth, Green has garnered a massive young adult fan base for his acclaimed novels, Paper Towns, Turtles All The Way Down, and The Fault in Our Stars. Green’s debut novel, Looking for Alaska, follows Miles “Pudge” Halter, a teenager who is obsessed with famous last words. After relocating to boarding school to “seek the great perhaps,” Miles begins making new friends, including Chip Martin, Takumi Hikohito, and Alaska Young. Compelling, beautiful, and humorous Alaska quickly captures the attention - and heart - of Miles. However, after an unexpected tragedy strikes, Miles and his group of friends work together to reveal the truth about the incident, while grappling with the devastating aftermath.
Last year, Hulu finalized a deal with Schwartz and fellow executive producer Stephanie Savage to bring Looking for Alaska to life. Shortly after, it was revealed that Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) would play Miles and Kristine Froseth (The Society) had been tapped to play the mysterious titular character, Alaska Young. Denny Love and Jay Lee are also slated to round out the group of young friends. Hulu has released a first glimpse at the series, which begins with Alaska hauntingly reciting in a voiceover, “Teenagers think they’re invincible. They don’t know how right they are.” Check out the trailer below:
Featuring scenes of the characters in the woods of Alabama, and a few of the most popular lines of the novel, the trailer reveals a glimpse at the long-awaited adaptation. Looking for Alaska is in the creative hands of executive producers Schwartz, Savage, Green, Jessica Tuckinsky, Mark Water, Marty Bowen, and Isaac Klauser.
Adaptations of young adult literature are always a hit or miss. Audiences flock to adaptations to see if the magnitude of a book resonates well on a big or small, screen. YA film adaptations such as The Hunger Games, 13 Reasons Why, and The Perks of Being A Wallflower thrived, while others fell short of expectations. Green being attached to Hulu’s Looking for Alaska ensures the project will remain authentic to the storyline and, most importantly, that the series will not clear up the ambiguity at the center of the story. Above all, Looking for Alaska is a message of hope, and will no doubt be an appealing addition to Hulu’s catalogue.
Looking for Alaska premieres exclusively on Hulu on October 18.