On the Movies

  • Published on Dec 5, 2017
  • In which John visits Los Angeles, talks about who books belong to, and considers the perils and opportunities of Hollywood before making an announcement about Turtles All the Way Down.
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  • Shannon Oleary
    Shannon Oleary 2 months ago +1619


  • Amy Pham
    Amy Pham 2 days ago

    you know this might sound self-centered, but I've always wanted to be an actor so maybe an opportunity to audition and everything would be cool so ya know first time big movie wowowow but yeah that would be cool to play aza or daisy, but actor wise i would say amandla stenburg and rowan blanchard something like that i suggest new teen diverse actors so yeah okay bye or yara shahidi!!!!

  • William Leary
    William Leary 6 days ago

    Timothée Chalamet as Davis

  • Cryo Stasis
    Cryo Stasis 8 days ago

    Uhmmm, In my own personal opinion, I repeat, it's just my opinion but if Turtles All The Way Down becomes a movie or if it's on the official business of looking for casts I would really like to recommend "Anya Taylor Joy" as Aza, "Haley Lu Richardson" as Daisy and "Brenton Thwaites" as Davis. I mean, they are actually the actors I imagined when I was reading Turtles All The way Down (BTW This book is charming as hell, really awesome, and totally relatable) and I think Anya could pull off being Aza because she's been a great actress so far in her movies like Split, The Witch, Morgan, Marrowbone, etc. Anyway it's just a thought. I JUST REALLY LOVE TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN SO MUUUUCCHHH!!!! John Green, you're cool as heck.

  • Kathleen Belliveau
    Kathleen Belliveau 12 days ago

    The reason paper towns didn't make as much money is because they CHANGED THE WHOLE ENDING AND IT WAS STUPID.

  • Charlotte Squire
    Charlotte Squire 16 days ago

    @vlogbrothers Hi John Green, I absolutelylove your books and I can't imagine how phenomenal it would be to be in a movie of yours, do you have auditions? or somewhere I could send an application? If not do you have anyone in mind for casting or is there a way to give suggestions of actors that would be good for the roles? Sorry for all the questions.

  • Jessica Dewald
    Jessica Dewald 24 days ago

    omgomgomggggg ok Nat wolff, cara, shailene and ansel should definetly be a part of it! Maybe not like a really big part but all were asking is that they play extras or something so they become those extras that are in a couple scenes and then once in a while they just look at the camera like heyyyy i know ur there haha it just wouldnt be the same wothout them!!!!!!!!

  • Holly Newton
    Holly Newton 24 days ago

    Alex Lawther would be great for Davis (if he can do an American accent lol)

  • dUmB HoE
    dUmB HoE Month ago


  • Alien Grl
    Alien Grl Month ago

    Don't do it! 😞 I've always hated book movies. They never do the story justice. I never even finished watching the Harry Potter movie after they completely demolished the third book/movie

  • Katryn DeCola
    Katryn DeCola Month ago

    It would be really cool if you had ansel or shaliene do a cameo appearance.....

  • Katryn DeCola
    Katryn DeCola Month ago

    I am just seeing this right now, this is amazing news!

  • Crystal Clod
    Crystal Clod Month ago

    Remember when Hank was Dancing robot

  • kathy196
    kathy196 Month ago

    He's really cool

  • naihanchin Kempo
    naihanchin Kempo Month ago


  • Valerie Rutherford
    Valerie Rutherford Month ago

    I do not agree that books belong to their readers more than their author. I think all art interpretation is a mixing of creator's intent and your own experiences, and that interpretation can feel very personal to you, but that doesn't mean that piece of art belongs to you. An author is the only one who truly understands their characters inside and out, and they nearly always know more than what ends up in the book. As to whether or not the author considers things that are not in the book(s) as canon depends on the author. But I think we should respect it if they do. (Full disclosure, I'm writing an extremely personal series that I am somewhat terrified to continue publishing because it is so very personal and mine.) However, I wish you luck in figuring out the best way to portray Turtles All the Way Down on screen. That sounds like quite an undertaking, but I have hope.

  • xChristinarawr
    xChristinarawr Month ago

    The most recent season of BoJack Horseman had an episode (Stupid Piece Of Shit) that dealt largely with the relentless internal monologue that comes with depression/anxiety/self-loathing. The show itself is animated, but the internal scenes used a different style of animation, which makes me wonder if the movie could be best told in a way other than traditional live action.

  • Shahd Tarik
    Shahd Tarik Month ago

    Tuatara: Hank Green
    Aza: idk Laura Marano or Kat McNamara
    Davis: Matthew Daddario
    Daisy: Jeanette Mccurdy
    Mychal: Jayden Revri
    Noah: um...Jacob Bertrand? Aza Butterfield? Jaeden Liebreher? (Is that how u write his name tho?😂)
    Russel Pickett: Ryan Gosling maybe. Nicholas Cage?
    Eh I’m out of ideas

  • Nick4Nicks
    Nick4Nicks Month ago

    That’s amazing! Have you guys thought of it becoming a short tv series, like 13 reasons why, for example? It would be so cool!

  • Andromeda
    Andromeda Month ago

    TATWD would make a great animated movie

  • Meird18
    Meird18 Month ago

    You should totally cast Nat Wolff - even if you just cast him as an extra - because he was in both in tfios and paper towns and you kind of have to keep the streak going. I know this would also be slightly weird since while watching the film you would maybe imagine the other characters but if he could play both Isaac and Quentin without everyone getting confused it means you should think about it.

  • Batel Avrahamov
    Batel Avrahamov Month ago

    Hi, nerdfighters! My name is Batel and I'm 16 years old. I'm not an American, and not an official actress, but I have some freak fantasy to play a role in this movie.(If the book will become one) Could you please help me and tell me what should I do? I would really appreciate that.

  • Nat
    Nat Month ago

    If it happens I'm prepared to cry a lot.

  • desi smyth
    desi smyth Month ago

    Tashi Rodriguez as Aza Holmes
    Bertie Gilbert as Davis Pickett

  • AblazeBeauty
    AblazeBeauty Month ago


  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan Month ago

    It would be awesome to have nerdfighters-actors in the cast, just imagine...

    JD NONAME Month ago

    I have this thoughts too like Aza had and I hate it. Thoughts are so annoying. I feel like I'm not controlling myself and my thoughts are the ones who controls me. And when its exam time my thoughts are always present.

  • Zoë S
    Zoë S Month ago

    I just finished reading Turtles in 4 hours today and it was incredible. All I ask is that you cast completely unheard of people. Paper towns wasn’t raw enough because Cara and Nat were already pretty well know. You can find a perfectly normal person to play Aza

  • Gc 51mm0
    Gc 51mm0 Month ago

    I have both Severe OCD and anxiety so after reading aza’s thoughts I was so grateful because I’ve never been able to describe these things to people and it’s nice to know that there are others like me and that other people are known as the-one-that-went-crazy

  • Kelsey Halloran
    Kelsey Halloran Month ago

    John, after waiting two months to receive Turtles All The Way Down for Christmas, I finished the novel in two days and it has become my favorite of all of your books. It helped me to realize a few things within myself, but also gave me the ability to empathize with those who struggle with OCD and different mental disorders. Thank you

  • Hey Hey
    Hey Hey Month ago

    I agree so much with your thought of ownership of books, and it has really bothered me when J.K. Rowling has tried to rewrite/continue the story/fill the wholes when it comes to Harry Potter.

  • Amanda Thompson
    Amanda Thompson Month ago

    Ahhh this makes me so excited 💕

  • Kate LA
    Kate LA Month ago


  • Megan Robinson
    Megan Robinson Month ago

    Here we go
    Davis Pickett: Logan Lerman....the guy from Perks of Being a Wallflower and Percy Jackson
    Daisy: Amanda Bynes....in Easy A she plays a great sassy best friend
    Michael: Nicholas Braun...also in Perks
    And the hardest one
    Holmsey: Lily Collins....she's in that Netflix movie To the Bone, if you played with her look a little bit I think she's a good pick

  • Amber Smyth
    Amber Smyth Month ago

    Although you don’t cast your films, if it ends up happening maybe you could hold open auditions? I think this book deeply relates to so many people that those who auditions could bring an extremely authentic atmosphere to the film.

  • PavtubeStudio
    PavtubeStudio 2 months ago

    3 Ways to Rip the DVD Without Commentary tvclip.biz/video/HOkx-k789sM/video.html

  • Duong Eric
    Duong Eric 2 months ago


  • Paula Salazar
    Paula Salazar 2 months ago


  • Vanessa Estrada
    Vanessa Estrada 2 months ago


  • Baicat
    Baicat 2 months ago

    Because have Ansel Elgort have another cameo like in Paper Towns

  • Mackenzie Palmer
    Mackenzie Palmer 2 months ago

    I hope they portray Aza as a black girl.

  • Jacob King
    Jacob King 2 months ago

    Honestly in my opinion they should keep the cast all real teenagers with fresh faces but also some experience maybe in short films or in the theater because it is better to see actual teens portray things in teen life and also if the movie does happen, it would be a good way to get these new young actors out there. If you want big names maybe Maia Mitchell as Aza, Natalia Dyer as Daisy, and Logan Lerman as Davis

  • Jaz McGrath
    Jaz McGrath 2 months ago

    I love Turtles all the way down, I would love to be in the movie but my New Zealand accent is very constricting in this way. I'm both excited and upset about this, Much love ^-^

  • malak al jehani
    malak al jehani 2 months ago

    i have not read the book yet but i think u should cast new actors by that i mean (there are amaizingly talented people out there ) plus its exciting when you see new actors in big films rather than the same actors in every movie

  • Cara Barclay
    Cara Barclay 2 months ago

    Katherine Langford for Aza

  • MeWho
    MeWho 2 months ago

    Congratulations! Another wonderful and scary adventure for your book!

  • Jessica Graves
    Jessica Graves 2 months ago +1

    I’m kinda hoping that the cast somewhat looks the age they’re supposed to? I’m just so over having high school and everything glamorized

  • iLLeag7e
    iLLeag7e 2 months ago

    I've never read a john green book but i really like that he writes them so successfully. He's good people.

  • JJ the Great
    JJ the Great 2 months ago

    How the hell does a book released in October THIS YEAR gets chosen to be a movie SO FAST?!

  • Chrono Dachshund
    Chrono Dachshund 2 months ago

    I'd love a will grayson will grayson movie. That's my fav book John.

  • adrian lopes
    adrian lopes 2 months ago

    Elle Fanning need be in this movie

  • scottishtan
    scottishtan 2 months ago

    Are any actors with OCD being considered to play the main character with OCD? This would be a great opportunity for some representation.

  • kellett1994
    kellett1994 2 months ago

    Timothee Chalamet as Davis.

  • freekzero
    freekzero 2 months ago

    How come Paper Towns isn't on Netflix when TFIOS is?

  • Natasha Mazumdar
    Natasha Mazumdar 2 months ago

    I am nervous about this. I loved Turtles All the Way Down, but often for reasons that I can't imagine being portrayed onscreen.

  • Kellerspinne deluxe
    Kellerspinne deluxe 2 months ago

    Bought three copies of Turtles all the way down and am SUPER EXCITED about the chance of a movie!!!!

  • Daniël Cloete
    Daniël Cloete 2 months ago

    Woohoo! Go TATWD movie!
    While reading, I again marveled at your ability to articulate what common knowledge says cannot be articulated. I think once more you have given a voice to the otherwise silent sufferers.
    Now I am equally excited to see how it's brought to the visual medium. If any team can...

  • sarah
    sarah 2 months ago

    i have long admired the sagacious-ness of your twitter bio

  • Princess Tiger Lily
    Princess Tiger Lily 2 months ago

    WHAT ABOUT LOOKING FOR ALASKA????????? I loved Turtles All The Way Down...but I’ve been waiting forever for Looking for Alaska...please John!!!!

  • WDW • Limelight
    WDW • Limelight 2 months ago


  • Sandhiya Ann
    Sandhiya Ann 2 months ago

    The floof in your hair is reasonably subdued

    • Sandhiya Ann
      Sandhiya Ann 2 months ago

      Never mind it's back to normal floofiness

  • Carolina Jiménez Rodríguez

    John, this is (kind of) unrelated, but I just want to say that you are an amazing writer. I got Turtles All The Way Down today, and finished it today, too. It was an huge experience for me, and I felt - represented, which is something I am not used to, as a person with a mental illness. Thank you for offering me this experience.

  • Tyler L.
    Tyler L. 2 months ago

    Can I send in an audition tape? And if so, how? I've been doing theater for a long time now but have always wanted to do a film.

  • jemal999
    jemal999 2 months ago

    is it odd that as an avid and long term vlogbrothers fan, I love both the brothers and yet don't like Johns writing or Hanks music? I don't think they're 'bad', just.. not my thing. Yet I love their ideas, the way they talk, all their crash course/sci show stuff, and hearing about their lives...
    *EDIT: I should clarify, it's not that I don't like johns 'writing' , I just don't find the books to be my cuppatea.

  • Katlyn Mendoza
    Katlyn Mendoza 2 months ago

    I'm so excited for you John! I can put this in my paper I am writing about you :)

  • KingBobXIV
    KingBobXIV 2 months ago

    Bill Wurtz did a short that perfectly describes your feelings on whether or not you want casting suggestions for movies: tvclip.biz/video/qWwb8S02f_c/video.html

  • Eyy Zombie
    Eyy Zombie 2 months ago

    Misery by Stephen King became a great movie

  • Crisis Mode
    Crisis Mode 2 months ago

    I am your outlier (51, Republican, in the 10%, empathetic, watches WranglerStar, Father who wants more for his kids while struggling for his parents, a lover of Ayn rand and your blogs (Yes that is possible))
    The world is not as bad as you think or as good as you want it to be:
    When you are 25 and idealistic the question of why is the world so stupid not to think the way I think?
    When you have bills to pay, and you have given eight years of your life to your country, you do the best the system has to offer for your kids. They work hard and are confused why the world turns its back on them.
    ……You start to question WTF??
    Watching your blog over several years I see a trend …. Altruism as a goal is WTF??!! It seems a theme?!?
    Family + self +then Peace = true improvement of society
    Humbly yours,
    The outlier

  • Nameless
    Nameless 2 months ago

    If they make a movie for Turtles All the Way Down i REALLY REALLY REALLY want to play the Tuatara.

  • Carla Araujo
    Carla Araujo 2 months ago

    Selena Gomez would be a good actress for the new movie

  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan 2 months ago

    Omg , I've just finished reading the book. Absolutely loved it, it was a spiral within a spiral

  • Sarah Bryant
    Sarah Bryant 2 months ago

    Still hoping for a Looking for Alaska movie, however pleased with what I’ve been handed 😊

  • Lauren Desiree
    Lauren Desiree 2 months ago

    no movie. Hollywood people are gross.

  • devilressprincess
    devilressprincess 2 months ago

    And here I am still waiting for a Looking For Alaska movie

  • Olivia Bromenschenkel
    Olivia Bromenschenkel 2 months ago

    Asa Butterfield as Davis Picket.

  • SomethingIronic
    SomethingIronic 2 months ago

    Who else expected an "An Abundance of Katherines" movie to be announced?

  • Katherine Langford
    Katherine Langford 2 months ago

    Do you know who would make a good Aza John? You.

  • Kendra Brecka
    Kendra Brecka 2 months ago

    Can we get Logan Lerman to play Davis?

  • דפנה מלניק
    דפנה מלניק 2 months ago

    Make Ezra Miller play every part

  • WSE
    WSE 2 months ago

    Screw casting, here’s directing suggestions:
    Sarah Polley
    Sophia Takal
    Kelly Fremon Craig
    Chad Hartigan
    Josh Mond
    John Crowley
    Gillian Robespierre
    Stephen Chbosky
    Susanna Fogel

  • Prachi
    Prachi 2 months ago

    AHHHHHH I'm not getting my hopes up but I'm freaking out

  • chinareds54
    chinareds54 2 months ago

    "like, for instance, what happens to characters after the story ends" John Green is Peter Van Houten CONFIRMED.

  • Najma Mohamed
    Najma Mohamed 2 months ago

    Omg!!! I can’t wait 🤗🤗

  • John Hightower
    John Hightower 2 months ago

    Good luck!

  • zain Alkhaja
    zain Alkhaja 2 months ago

    No but really RDJ as Davis Picket (the dad was Davis right?) Tom Holland as Davis Picket Jr. (Or is he too old?). Notice the Marvel theme?😂

  • cadmium-ores
    cadmium-ores 2 months ago

    I still haven't read the book because I have such a backlog of books and I am in college so it is all on pause!! But!! I am excited to!!

  • Hunter Albert
    Hunter Albert 2 months ago

    John, Turtles All the Way Down, specifically Aza's life, resonated with me on a fundamental level that I had never previously experienced. While I knew other people suffered from the same illnesses I do, I couldn't help but feel isolated and trapped with no way of verbally expressing my struggles adequately. While my triggers are different than Aza's, reading TATWD felt less like I was reading a fictitious story about someone else's life but rather looking through a window into my own. I felt almost euphoric, as though I had found the missing piece to the puzzle that is my life. Finally! I had a way to truly and accurately convey what my day to day life is like. While it seems that TATWD does not appeal to as a wide of an audience that TFIOS did, it is so much more impactful to that smaller audience because its not just a good story. Its real.

  • Jachra
    Jachra 2 months ago

    Is this really a conversation when you guys don't mention what you thought of the last video? :D

  • Ishana Gadhavi
    Ishana Gadhavi 2 months ago

    im dyingggggg

  • Raquel Soares
    Raquel Soares 2 months ago

    Jonh you should try o read the semiotic work of Umberto Eco about exactly the topic you mentioned. He said "A authour should be dead in the moment he finish his novel".

  • French Guitar Guy
    French Guitar Guy 2 months ago

    I didn't know John was an author until this video 😂

  • Ciarán Reed
    Ciarán Reed 2 months ago

    Nat Wolff needs at least a cameo.

  • Rebekah Rowan
    Rebekah Rowan 2 months ago

    john green is my favourite person that casts movies

  • lilyisanerdfighter
    lilyisanerdfighter 2 months ago

    I know it's not up to John, but I cannot begin to describe how desperately I want to play Aza.

  • charlotte
    charlotte 2 months ago

    can you please please PLEASE write a second paper towns book!

  • auntiesash
    auntiesash 2 months ago

    I would stand on top of a table-of-medium-height to shout that your bravery astonishes me.

  • Summer Lee
    Summer Lee 2 months ago

    I am actually just starting to read this book, and I am so excited to see the book, which is almost full of psychological activities, become a movie. Just reached Chapter 8 :D Oh! And I wonder who will be Aze... She's... such a special girl, in a good way of course! Sometimes I think about exactly what she thinks, but in a less OCD way.

  • angelswave88
    angelswave88 2 months ago

    Not gonna lie, a little surprised about this. But you've got my support nonetheless :)

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    Camila 2 months ago


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    Camila 2 months ago +1