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Michigan to host new film Looking for Alaska

The Fault in Our StarsThe next feature to be adapted from a novel by John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, is heading to film in Michigan this autumn.

Looking for Alaska has won approval for state incentives totalling more than $7m, around a third of the film’s overall estimated spend.

The project just squeezed in under the wire before the passing of a recent law that has put an end to the state’s film incentives; as of 10 July, House Bill 4122 was signed into law, which effectively means the Michigan Film Office cannot accept any applications for new productions.

The feature looks set to have quite an impact on the local economy: two thirds of the budget will be spent directly with Michigan residents and Michigan-based vendors. In terms of local cast and crew hires, over 200 of the anticipated 300 are expected to be state residents with over 1,500 extras among local hires.

Director Rebecca Thomas is at the helm, calling the shots from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, already familiar with adapting Green’s work as they also penned The Fault in Our Stars (pictured). Producers are Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, also The Fault in Our Stars alumni, alongside Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky.   

The Michigan Film Office has put out a specific email address for interested crew.

For more on filming in Michigan, head over to our production guide.