We’re still not over The Fault in Our Stars. But author John Green has apparently moved on and his new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, already has a movie version in the works. So, prepare to laugh, cry, and be philosophically moved by perceptive teens all over again.
Following the success of Fault in Our Stars and its movie adaptation — which brought in more than $307 million at the box office! — there was some talk that John Green may be hanging up his golden pen for good. In a vlog on his YouTube channel last year, the author said the pressure was getting to him and he may have written his last book.
But now, about six years after John Green’s last novel, Turtles is at the top of the bestseller list and Fox has officially landed the movie rights.
Green announced the movie news on YouTube on Tuesday, saying, in part, that turning his work into movies is tough for him because it means seeing some really emotional parts of his own life experience up on a big screen:
Ultimately, Green got over his hesitation to share his work on screen the first time and it seriously paid off.
Paper Towns, the second book-to-movie adaptation Green did with Fox, wasn’t quite as successful as TFIOS, but that’s not stopping the author from giving the whole movie thing another go.
In Turtles, we meet 16-year-old Aza, who lives with intense anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and her best friend Daisy as they go on a quest to solve the mystery of a local fugitive billionaire in hopes of earning a reward. Rest easy: We hear the ending in this story is a lot less tragic than the one in Fault.
Green says just because he sold the movie rights doesn’t necessarily mean a movie version of Turtles is on its way soon, but…we’re hoping that’s exactly what it means. And given his track record, we feel pretty good about it. Fingers crossed!