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John Green teases ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ may become a movie

/ 11:29 AM December 06, 2017

Expect another adaptation of one of author John Green’s books as he announced that his latest release, “Turtles All the Way Down,” might be coming to the big screen.


In a YouTube video posted Tuesday, Green said he sold the rights of the book to Fox 2000, the production company that brought to life his other novels, “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns.”

“Turtles All the Way Down” revolves around a person who has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). With this, the author expressed his hope that Fox and its executives “will not rely on the old tropes” that are usually associated with the portrayal of someone who has it.


‘The biggest challenge for me in ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ was whether I could use language to find some sort of direct form or expression for obsessive thoughts rather than only relying on metaphor,”  Green said on the book. “I wanted to give the readers in the sense of not only what OCD is like but at least maybe a glimpse into what it is which is profoundly a  non-visual thing.”

“Turtles All the Way Down”  (Image: Screengrab from

He also joked to viewers that they could now flood him with casting suggestions for the movie. He pointed out that he does not cast in movies because “no one ever reads my Twitter bio.”

The novel, which tells the story of OCD-diagnosed Aza Holmes and her adventure to set out on a fugitive billionaire, has taken the top spot of the New York Times’ Bestsellers’ List for the seventh week since its release in October.

Green first met box-office success with the 2014 movie adaptation of “The Fault in Our Stars,” which racked up to $307 million worldwide. His second novel to hit the movies, “Paper Towns,” did less with $85 million, according to Box Office Mojo. /ra


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