John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Gets Movie Deal

Fox, the same studio that brought The Fault in Our Stars to the screen, has bought the movie rights to Green's new novel.

John Green’s latest book, Turtles All the Way Down, is getting a movie! Or, at least a movie development deal…

The YouTube vlogger and novelist, who also wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, made the announcement via his YouTube channel (you can see the video at the bottom of the page). Fox has bought the movie rights to Turtles All the Way Down, a novel about a 16-year-old girl who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder and who embarks on solving the mystery of a missing billionaire. 

As Green highlights in his video, Fox is the same studio and production company that made the successful film adaptations of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Green also spoke about the enormous responsibility of making a decision on whether or not the book, which already means so much to so many, could or should be made into a film.

“For the last two months, we’ve been talking about it: is there a way to tell this story visually without relying on the old tropes that are usually associated with portrayals of OCD?” asks Green, who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder himself, and who has opened up about his experiences via his YouTube channel.

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Ultimately, Green believes the answer to that question is yes, with the author saying: “I’m really excited for the opportunity and also the challenge of the Turtles All the Way Down movie, and I hope you’re excited, too.”