The overwhelming majority of young-adult fiction followers are conscious that Hulu’s upcoming On the lookout for Alaska miniseries, a few group of youngsters at a boarding college who’re searching for their “nice maybe,” is predicated on the debut novel of the identical identify by John Inexperienced. What they won’t know is that the miniseries was 14 years within the making.
Govt producer Josh Schwartz first learn On the lookout for Alaska in 2005, earlier than Inexperienced had formally printed his debut novel or began his insanely fashionable YouTube channel. On the time, Schwartz was driving excessive on the success of The O.C. and was tasked with adopting Inexperienced’s novel for the massive display screen, however on account of studio politics the script by no means made it to manufacturing.
Afterward, Schwartz, alongside together with his producing associate, Stephanie Savage, went on to make slightly present known as Gossip Lady, after which Marvel’s Runaways, Dynasty, and Nancy Drew, justto identify a couple of. Inexperienced, in the meantime, cultivated a large YouTube viewers and printed three extra books: An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Cities, and The Fault in Our Stars, the final of which turned a best-seller and efficiently acquired the film therapy, adopted shortly thereafter by Paper Cities.
Uncover your new favourite present: Watch This Now!
However the movie studio wasn’t prepared to surrender on On the lookout for Alaska, attempting as soon as extra to make it work, although this time it was with out Schwartz connected. Kristine Froseth (The Society) auditioned for the eponymous position, with Charlie Plummer because the e book’s central character, Miles. The movie once more did not occur, however Schwartz hadn’t misplaced curiosity. Amidst the rise of the restricted collection format, Schwartz went again to Inexperienced with the thought to ditch the film format and switch On the lookout for Alaska right into a tv occasion.
Froseth and Plummer returned, whereas Denny Love and Jay Lee joined the solid because the Colonel and Takumi, respectively. In the meantime, Veep alum Tim Simons was charged with overseeing the insanity the scholars at Culver Creek create because the Eagle.
Earlier this summer time, TV Information visited the set of On the lookout for Alaska to speak to Schwartz and the solid about bringing Inexperienced’s now-iconic novel to life, why the story resonates with so many, and what to anticipate from their take. Increasing the variation from a two-hour film to an eight-hour miniseries permits the solid and crew to do a deep dive into the world of Culver Creek Academy and its college students. Schwartz additionally moved the timing of the miniseries as much as 2005, utilizing the music that impressed his first drive over a decade in the past to now be the soundtrack of Alaska and her cohorts’ adventures.
Our behind-the-scenes video above presents followers an in-depth take a look at how On the lookout for Alaska will sort out the enthralling themes of Inexperienced’s novel earlier than the collection premieres Friday, Oct. 18 on Hulu.
Charlie Plummer and Kristine Froseth, On the lookout for Alaska