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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Comments • 1 914

  • Shannon Oleary
    Shannon Oleary Year ago +1641


  • MazzelSammy
    MazzelSammy 2 months ago

    What about the looking for Alaska movie? Is that even going to happen?

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Zoe Kravitz as holly

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    viola dais as dr.singh

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Juliette Lewis as aza's mom

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago


  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    aymeric Jett month as Noah

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    tom holland as davis

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Josh Hutcherson as Davis

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Sammy hanratty as daisy

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Rowan Blanchard as aza oh my please

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as aza

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago

    Nina Dobrev as aza

  • Maddie Rose
    Maddie Rose 4 months ago


  • Michal Kate C.
    Michal Kate C. 5 months ago

    if you would like to cast me as Aza
    Please do it

  • Ethan Fisher-Perez
    Ethan Fisher-Perez 6 months ago

    Who do we want to play Aza? Davis? Daisy?

  • Ella Rollo
    Ella Rollo 7 months ago

    I'm way too late to the party, but petition for Tom Holland to play Davis Pickett

  • Penelope Otten
    Penelope Otten 7 months ago

    I would love to play Aza. No lie i love acting and this is a character i feel empathetic towards.

  • Jenna Noble
    Jenna Noble 7 months ago

    I just reread the story after I heard this, and I just can't wait to see my all time favorite book become a movie

  • GracieDaPotato XD
    GracieDaPotato XD 8 months ago

    i want a movie of looking for alaska!!!

  • Milica Krunić
    Milica Krunić 8 months ago

    I know I'm like seriously late but I just have to say that I'd love to see Nat Wolff in the movie.

  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan 8 months ago

    What happened with this project?!

  • Emily Williams
    Emily Williams 9 months ago

    I would love to be Daisy!!! She was amazing! Especially all her fanfic too!

  • backmeupdadyo
    backmeupdadyo 9 months ago

    Hey John you should cast Nat Wolfe as any one in the turtles all the way down movie

  • Becca Viljoen
    Becca Viljoen 9 months ago

    I got the book ❤😄

  • Julia
    Julia 9 months ago

    Just one question: is there really Dr.Pepper?
    If yes, in Brazil we do not have, at least not in my region!
    Thank you!

    • Julia
      Julia 8 months ago

      Alex Jordan So cool! Thanks.

    • Alex Jordan
      Alex Jordan 8 months ago +1

      Julia yes. It’s a soda like coke or Pepsi or sprite DFTBA! :)

  • Julia
    Julia 9 months ago

    In portuguese :Eu amei o livro Tartarugas até lá embaixo,amo todos os seus livros e amaria se virassem filmes! Vejo seus vídeos sempre,é um pouco difícil de entender ás vezes -confesso- ,mas colocando legenda facilita. Se fosse por mim todos os seus livros teriam filmes!
    In english: I loved the book Turtles All the Way Down, I love all your books and I would love it if they were movies! I watch your videos every time, it's a bit difficult to understand sometimes - I confess - but putting the caption makes it easier. If it were up to me, all your books would have movies!
    * If you have errors, I'm sorry. I'm from Brazil and I'm still learning English.

  • Rebelde Sincausa
    Rebelde Sincausa 9 months ago

    How can i audition? I loved the book❤️

  • Amy Pham
    Amy Pham 9 months 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 9 months ago

    Timothée Chalamet as Davis

  • Cryo Stasis
    Cryo Stasis 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

  • lana's pepsi cola
    lana's pepsi cola 10 months ago


  • Alien Grl
    Alien Grl 10 months 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 11 months ago

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

  • Katryn DeCola
    Katryn DeCola 11 months ago

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

  • Crystal Clod
    Crystal Clod 11 months ago

    Remember when Hank was Dancing robot

  • kathy196
    kathy196 11 months ago

    He's really cool

  • naihanchin Kempo
    naihanchin Kempo 11 months ago


  • Valerie Rutherford
    Valerie Rutherford 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

    TATWD would make a great animated movie

  • Meird18
    Meird18 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  • desi smyth
    desi smyth 11 months ago

    Tashi Rodriguez as Aza Holmes
    Bertie Gilbert as Davis Pickett

  • AblazeBeauty
    AblazeBeauty 11 months ago


  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan 11 months ago

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

    JD NONAME 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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
    Kelsey 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

    Ahhh this makes me so excited 💕

  • Kate Lacey
    Kate Lacey 11 months ago


  • Megan Robinson
    Megan Robinson 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

  • Duong Eric
    Duong Eric 11 months ago


  • Paula Salazar
    Paula Salazar 11 months ago


  • Vanessa Estrada
    Vanessa Estrada 11 months ago


  • Baicat
    Baicat 11 months ago

    Because have Ansel Elgort have another cameo like in Paper Towns

  • Mackenzie Palmer
    Mackenzie Palmer 11 months ago

    I hope they portray Aza as a black girl.

  • Jacob King
    Jacob King 11 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 11 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 11 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 Year ago

    Katherine Langford for Aza

  • MeWho
    MeWho Year ago

    Congratulations! Another wonderful and scary adventure for your book!

  • Jessica Graves
    Jessica Graves Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Evan Neal
    Evan Neal Year ago

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

  • Chrono Dachshund
    Chrono Dachshund Year ago

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

  • adrian lopes
    adrian lopes Year ago

    Elle Fanning need be in this movie

  • scottishtan
    scottishtan Year 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 Year ago

    Timothee Chalamet as Davis.

  • freekzero
    freekzero Year ago

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

  • Natasha Mazumdar
    Natasha Mazumdar Year 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.

  • Katja
    Katja Year ago

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

  • Daniël Cloete
    Daniël Cloete Year 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...

  • sis west
    sis west Year 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!!!!

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  • Sandhiya Ann
    Sandhiya Ann Year ago

    The floof in your hair is reasonably subdued

    • Sandhiya Ann
      Sandhiya Ann Year 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. Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

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

  • KingBobXIV
    KingBobXIV Year 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 Year ago

    Misery by Stephen King became a great movie

  • Crisis Mode
    Crisis Mode Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

    Selena Gomez would be a good actress for the new movie

  • josefina jordan
    josefina jordan Year ago

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

  • Sarah Bryant
    Sarah Bryant Year ago

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

  • Lauren Desiree
    Lauren Desiree Year ago

    no movie. Hollywood people are gross.