A Nerdfighter's guide to 'Looking For Alaska' director Sarah Polley

Here's why Sarah Polley is a great choice to direct the next John Green adaptation.

Sarah Polley will helm "Looking For Alaska." Don't worry, Nerdfighters, she's got this. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images) Sarah Polley will helm "Looking For Alaska." Don't worry, Nerdfighters, she's got this.
(Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

 

After "The Fault in Our Stars" became a surprise hit at the box office, it sounds like the next John Green production is roaring full speed ahead. Green, for the uninitiated, is a superstar of Young Adult literature with a mammoth social media following. He's the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" as well as "Looking For Alaska," which will follow it to the big screen.

 

Green announced to his fans via Twitter that "LFA" (oh boy, it's time to acronym it!), has found itself a director.

 

https://twitter.com/realjohngreen/status/481967743906766849

 

https://twitter.com/realjohngreen/status/481968646420299776

So, Nerdfighters (that's what John Green fans call themselves), who is this Sarah Polley character? Can she handle the complicated, funny, sad story that is "Looking for Alaska?" As a fan of both the book and Polley's work, I can assure you she's up to the task of turning you into a proper sobbing mess. Here's why.

She's got a great YA pedigree. Before she was a director, Polley was an acclaimed teen star herself. You may remember her from "Avonlea," which was a television spinoff of "Anne of Green Gables." She also worked with great directors like Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg. Polley should know better than most how to get great performances out of her teen cast.

She's a terrific director. Polley's first full length feature, "Away From Her," was nominated for two Oscars and won a host of other awards. Since then she's made two more acclaimed films, one a documentary about her own family secrets ("Stories We Tell"). Themes of her work include family, infidelity, and the difficulty of loving someone you know is flawed. Sound familiar, "Looking For Alaska" fans?

She'll fit right in. Doesn't Polley look a bit like John Green and his brother Hank? She could be the Vlog Sister.

 
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