In the YouTube video in which he made the announcement, Green had some thoughts on making a film out of a story that takes place for the most part inside someone’s head. Turtles All the Way Down is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, who, along with her best friend, sets out to solve the mystery of a missing billionaire.
Green, who has been candid about his own experiences of OCD and how they informed his new book, expresses his initial misgivings about a Turtles All the Way Down movie, given its subject matter. He says the challenge of writing the book was to see “whether I could use language to find some sort of direct form or expression for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, rather than only relying on metaphor,” and that he hoped he could provide “a glimpse” into not only how OCD feels, “but what it is, which is a profoundly non-visual thing.” However, he goes on to say that The Fault in Our Stars producer Isaac Klausner pointed out to him that “obsessive thoughts are also a non-linguistic experience, and that didn’t stop me from writing the book.” And so, he announces that “working with the same studio and production company that made The Fault in Our Stars, we are giving it a try.”
“It doesn’t mean there will definitely be a movie, but it means that there might be one, so now’s the time to begin inundating me with casting suggestions,” he says, riffing off the fact that though Green has little or no say in the casting decisions made for film adaptations of his novels, this does not stop fans from constantly making suggestions, which has become something of a joke among the John Green fan-base.
Temple Hill will produce the film and Green, along with Rosianna Halse Rojas, will executive produce.
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