LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Filming in Michigan is expected to start this fall for Paramount Pictures’ “Looking for Alaska.”

The state’s Film Office said the project is eligible to receive an incentive of more than $7 million based on projected spending of over $21 million.

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Two-thirds of the project’s spending is to be directly with state residents and Michigan-based vendors.

More than 200 cast and crew hires are expected to be Michigan residents. About 1,700 local hires are expected to be extras. Specific shooting locations in Michigan will be identified in upcoming weeks.

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“Looking for Alaska,” is based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author John Green. Directed by Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children), the NY Times best-seller is being adapted for the screen by “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neutadter & Michael H. Weber. “Looking for Alaska” is produced by Temple Hill’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 Office says the project was agreed to prior to the July 10 signing of legislation which ends incentives that encourage the production of movies, TV shows, video games and Internet and music videos in Michigan.

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