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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  • Runtime: 3:40
  • turtles all the way down  the fault in our stars  paper towns  john green  books  reading  movies  hollywood  movie studios  film  filmmaking  hank green  vlogbrothers  nerdfighters  theater  

Comments: 1 834

  • Shannon Oleary
    Shannon Oleary 8 days ago +1534


  • scottishtan
    scottishtan 13 hours 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 15 hours ago

    Timothee Chalamet as Davis.

  • freekzero
    freekzero 17 hours ago

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

  • Natasha Mazumdar
    Natasha Mazumdar 18 hours 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 21 hour ago

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

  • Daniël Cloete
    Daniël Cloete Day 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 Day ago

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

  • Princess Tiger Lily

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

  • Lydia Dyer
    Lydia Dyer 2 days ago


  • Sandhiya Ann
    Sandhiya Ann 2 days ago

    The floof in your hair is reasonably subdued

    • Sandhiya Ann
      Sandhiya Ann 2 days 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.

  • Harry Potter Equals Life 123

    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 days 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 days ago

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

  • KingBobXIV
    KingBobXIV 3 days 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/

  • Eyy Zombie
    Eyy Zombie 3 days ago

    Misery by Stephen King became a great movie

  • Crisis Mode
    Crisis Mode 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days ago

    Selena Gomez would be a good actress for the new movie

  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan 3 days ago

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

  • Sarah Bryant
    Sarah Bryant 3 days ago

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

  • Lauren Desiree
    Lauren Desiree 3 days ago

    no movie. Hollywood people are gross.

  • devilressprincess
    devilressprincess 3 days ago

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

  • Olivia Bromenschenkel

    Asa Butterfield as Davis Picket.

  • SomethingIronic
    SomethingIronic 3 days ago

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

  • Katherine Langford
    Katherine Langford 3 days ago

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

  • Kendra Brecka
    Kendra Brecka 3 days ago

    Can we get Logan Lerman to play Davis?

  • דפנה מלניק
    דפנה מלניק 3 days ago

    Make Ezra Miller play every part

  • WSE
    WSE 4 days 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

  • The Epic Weirdo
    The Epic Weirdo 4 days ago

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

  • chinareds54
    chinareds54 4 days ago

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

  • Najma Mohamed
    Najma Mohamed 4 days ago

    Omg!!! I can’t wait 🤗🤗

  • John Hightower
    John Hightower 4 days ago

    Good luck!

  • zain Alkhaja
    zain Alkhaja 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

  • Ishana Gadhavi
    Ishana Gadhavi 4 days ago

    im dyingggggg

  • Raquel Soares
    Raquel Soares 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

  • Ciarán Reed
    Ciarán Reed 4 days ago

    Nat Wolff needs at least a cameo.

  • Rebekah Rowan
    Rebekah Rowan 5 days ago

    john green is my favourite person that casts movies

  • lilyisanerdfighter
    lilyisanerdfighter 5 days ago

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

  • charlotte
    charlotte 5 days ago

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

  • auntiesash
    auntiesash 5 days ago

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

  • Summer Lee
    Summer Lee 5 days 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 5 days ago

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

  • Camila martins
    Camila martins 5 days ago


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    Camila martins 5 days ago


  • Old Saint Nick
    Old Saint Nick 5 days ago

    Why is the chair blocking the door?

  • tiesthijsthejs
    tiesthijsthejs 5 days ago

    I like these unscripted or underscripted video's by the brothers lately. For a while. A reasonable while. The raw stuff etc.

  • woodfur00
    woodfur00 5 days ago

    If Hank isn't the tuatara I won't watch it

  • heypookeybearitisi
    heypookeybearitisi 5 days ago

    Since we all know John has built his career entirely on movie casting:
    Aza: Sir Ian McKellen
    Daisy: Levar Burton
    Mychal: Ellen DeGeneres
    Aza'a mom: Idris Elba
    Davis: Meryl Streep
    Noah: Beyonce
    The tuatara: Daniel Day Lewis (in a motion capture suit)
    Holly the Applebees server: a Hemsworth
    The house manager: a different Hemsworth
    Lyle the golf cart guy: yet another Hemsworth? I don't actually know how many Hemsworths there are.
    The tuatara researcher: Bill Nye the Science Guy
    If John does not cast this movie correctly I will start a riot.

  • Aubrey Swaink
    Aubrey Swaink 5 days ago


  • HazelTragy
    HazelTragy 5 days ago

    So, while I love you John and all your books, I will not be able to watch this movie as this book triggered my anxiety unlike anything else ever has. Thank you for the almost too real insight into OCD.

  • george kennedy
    george kennedy 5 days ago

    why do you keep changing sides!

  • Alexus Jo
    Alexus Jo 5 days ago

    I'm so excited

    DANCE MOMS SLAY 5 days ago +2

    I JUST FINISHED THE BOOK FOR THE SECOND TIME AND THE LAST PAGE ALWAYS MAKES ME CRY A SEA OF TEARS. Your books always make me laugh, cry and feel emotional all at the same time. I have been waiting for you to release a new book for a while: and now I can finally rejoice. By the way... you should definitely cast Noah schnapps as Noah for your upcoming movie: he portrayed the character of will byres from Stranger things, and he did a very good job. ILY

  • kylie hackfeld
    kylie hackfeld 5 days ago


  • Andrea Westerlund
    Andrea Westerlund 5 days ago

    Someone should show this video to JK Rowling 😳

  • Annabeth Brown
    Annabeth Brown 6 days ago

    I think Lily Collins could play a good Ava

  • M M
    M M 6 days ago

    Goodbye John. And good luck, the fish and all.

  • Saad Khan
    Saad Khan 6 days ago

    This was a very disappointing read as mental illness issue was covered but the story line was sooo bleak that the whole time I was thinking it can not be same writer who wrote The fault in our stars, papertowns or looking for alaska ... 🤔 movie out of such bleak story where 300 pages are just about her talking about her BandAid is going to be tough. They would need to change whole lot to make something compelling out of it.

  • Tropezando
    Tropezando 6 days ago

    Speaking of authors who can't let go, JK Rowling.

  • Conner Fields
    Conner Fields 6 days ago

    This might be a better vlogbrothers reunion question, but what are the Vlogbrothers views on Anti Fascist forces?

  • Chloe Mhurchu
    Chloe Mhurchu 6 days ago

    How is there not a books belong to their readers poster? I would buy that shit immediately.

  • Winnie Bosecker
    Winnie Bosecker 6 days ago


  • Emma Brown
    Emma Brown 6 days ago

    Wow, congrats John!

  • Jana T.
    Jana T. 6 days ago

    Millie Bobby Brown

  • glauberson patrick
    glauberson patrick 6 days ago

    Aza: Sofia Carson💙

  • Britt Bublitz
    Britt Bublitz 6 days ago

    John, I recently ran across the Hellblade trailer, and though I haven't yet played the game, I wonder if it is something that could help yourself and the production team figure out how to frame this movie in the best way possible.
    I say this because I love your writing style and agree that various mentalities are extremely difficult to portray in writing. Not only because of your writing and fine self, but because of mental illness/situations stigma, I hope that when Turtles becomes a movie, it appropriately portrays OCD.


  • Aoife Fox
    Aoife Fox 6 days ago


  • Mikalah Elise
    Mikalah Elise 6 days ago

    Can you do a video on net neutrality??

  • Meow Meow Face
    Meow Meow Face 6 days ago


  • Dominique Gibeau
    Dominique Gibeau 6 days ago

    My current comment might apply directly or indirectly but anyway I would like to tell my opinion when it comes to books and why I love movies of books as it might not be intuitive.
    First I must say I am not a big reader, in fact most of what I read is technical/educational stuff. Given this fact, a movie can make me enjoy a view of a book that I might/probably will not read. Also one of the reason I don't read other kind of books has to do with imagination. Although I can imagine weird and complex 3D objects (with interactions between objects) in my head or complex software structures, I have a near inexistent ability to picture a scene or a character in my head. I am quite of the "engineering" kind. Added to this, I have near inexistent ability to follow discussions/interactions if I cannot visualize the characters implicated. If I cannot follow the story, you must guess that I have a hard time enjoying it! Now I must admit all of this may have to do with the fact that I don't read a lot of books. Lets not get in a loop here!
    One of the books I enjoyed the most is Dune that I read while traveling to/from university. When I was younger I watched the 1984 movie a lot of times, something around 25+ times. You must guess I have a clear picture of Paul and every other character in my head at any time. With this, I was able to follow the book like a train on rails! The book added so much to the movie it made it totally enjoyable.
    May be for some persons a movie is something "less" than a book but for someone like me, a movie can be near a prerequisite for a book!
    Anyway, thank you for allowing the movies of you books to exist, it is greatly appreciated!

  • Eileen Price
    Eileen Price 6 days ago

    Nat Wolff as Davis just sayin

  • G Ash
    G Ash 6 days ago

    I own all your books 📚 with “Turtles All The Way Down” I that I have a signed book from you!!!!:)

  • Romy Gutierrez
    Romy Gutierrez 6 days ago

    I already knew as I was reading it. I already knew! :D

  • Ryan Ellis
    Ryan Ellis 6 days ago

    All around me are familiar faces. 
    I do not like this man's writing. His tales are too selfish and twisted.

  • Hadia Haq Nawaz
    Hadia Haq Nawaz 6 days ago

    Troye sivan too!!!

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    Hassaan Rahi 6 days ago


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  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth 6 days ago

    I finished reading Turtles All the Way Down yesterday and I have to say, without disrespect to any of your other books, it's my favorite. I wanted to highlight every other line. I consented am trying to find metaphors for things l'm feeling and I love that those are in the book. Thank you so much for writing about mental health.

  • MsLifesize
    MsLifesize 6 days ago

    Make looking for alaska a movie pretty please ❤️❤️❤️
    Love the idea of turtles all the way down to become a movie too of course - but I am vastly disappointed by the German title of your book, thank God I own bought the English copy. 😅

  • Chonny Vision
    Chonny Vision 6 days ago

    Very very very excited about this announcement :) I love being a part of this community and it makes me so happy to see it continually be given an awesome spotlight like this.

  • timcampo
    timcampo 6 days ago

    While reading TATWD I couldnt help but picture Laura Dern as the mother. So cast her. 😛

  • NunsenseStudios2110
    NunsenseStudios2110 6 days ago

    Can I be in your movie? Please? I need work! :D

  • Lauren Wright
    Lauren Wright 6 days ago

    Staring Nat Wolfe as Aza

  • Chris Saylor
    Chris Saylor 6 days ago

    I imagine you already may know this, but Sturgill Simpson has a great Psychedelic Country Rock song called "Turtles all the Way Down." May be fun to tie in somewhere. Here's a link tvclip.biz/video/LWx6csgGkg4/

  • Parker Sprague
    Parker Sprague 6 days ago

    pls cast Hank Green as the book's author for the film production

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  • tucciproducer
    tucciproducer 6 days ago

    Casting Suggestion: you should get Johnny Depp to play you.

  • Kim T
    Kim T 6 days ago

    I can't wait for new movie. I know that many and many more than many ppl told u exactly the same, but gosh, the fault in our stars is the best book I've ever, like EVER read. I can't even say how many times I've read it... 20? Anyway its not bored for me even after all those times I get through all those pages.
    Paper towns is same for me, however not exactly the same. What should I say? TFiOS is just like a heart thing for me? :D
    I'm looking forward to read let it snow and WGWG, Santa knows what to left under the christmas tree hah ;D
    So yeah, if there will be a new movie, haleluyahhhhh ! :D but if not, pain is demands to be felt ;D
    I hope u have a nice day :)

  • Em E
    Em E 6 days ago

    Hey John, you may never read this, but I wanted to thank you for the book. It related greatly to me. I wrote you a tiny letter about Turtles All the Way Down: earthlybrain.com/turtles-all-the-way-down-spiral/

  • Michael Whitman
    Michael Whitman 6 days ago

    I would honestly really like to see John's book, Looking for Alaska, turned into a movie one day. I really enjoy John's writing.