‘Looking for Alaska’ to Film in Michigan, Receives State Incentive


Paramount Pictures will film Looking for Alaska, a movie based on best-selling novel by John Green, in Michigan in the fall. 

The project is eligible to receive an incentive more than $7 million from the Michigan Film Office, based on an estimated spending of over $21 million. Two-thirds of the estimated amount will be spent directly with Michigan residents and Michigan-based vendors. In addition, more than 200 of the 300 anticipated cast members are expected to be Michigan residents, along with nearly 1,700 extras.

The project is also the last the Michigan Film Office will accept an application for. The House Bill 4122 was signed on July 10, to eliminate the Michigan Film Office in entering into new film and digital media incentive agreements. 

On July 10, House Bill 4122 was signed into law, which eliminates the program whereby MFO may enter into new film and digital media incentive agreements. The aforementioned project was issued an executed agreement prior to the signing of the legislation. Any film or digital media project approved and issued a fully executed agreement prior to the signing of the legislation will be administered in accordance with the law. The MFO is no longer accepting applications for projects seeking incentives.

The film is produced by Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (Paper Towns, Fault in Our Stars), along with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky (500 Days of Summer).  The film is directed by Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children).

Specific shooting locations will be announced in the next few weeks.