Looking For Alaska is crossing the pond. BBC Three has acquired the UK rights to Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of the John Green novel of the same after striking a deal with Paramount Pictures Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. The complete series will be available to stream on BBC Three from 10am on Saturday October 19th.
Based on John Green’s 2005 debut novel of the same name, Looking For Alaska follows teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young, and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it.
The eight episode adaptation, which was developed for television by Josh Schwartz, is produced by Paramount Television and Fake Empire and stars Kristine Froseth, Charlie Plummer, Denny Love, Jay Lee, Landry Bender, Sofia Vassilieva, Uriah Shelton, Jordan Connor, Ron Cephas Jones and Timothy Simons. The executive producers are Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Green and Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner.
This marks an rare U.S. acquisition for BBC Three. Ahead of the channel’s move online, they lost the UK rights to flagship acquisition Family Guy, when ITV swooped in and poached the rights. Shortly thereafter BBC execs opted not to renew their deals for FX comedy Wilfred and BBC America’s Orphan Black. Since then, BBC Three’s foray into US scripted acquisitions has been limited to BBC America’s original series Killing Eve.
Check out Hulu’s trailer for Looking For Alaska below: