Author John Green already has two successful Hollywood adaptations of his work – Paper Towns and, most popularly, The Fault In Our Stars – and he’s about to have another. His latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is getting the big screen treatment, and the film has found its director: actor-turned-filmmaker Hannah Marks.
The novel revolves around 16-year-old Aza, who has to battle her OCD while pursuing the mysterious disappearance of a billionaire construction magnate, who dropped off the map in the wake of a fraud investigation. With the help of her friend Daisy, they search for the missing billionaire in the hopes of claiming the $100,000 reward offered for information leading to his arrest.
Marks is probably better known for her acting, most notably on the show Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but she’s now begun to turn her attention to roles behind the camera. She previously co-wrote and co-directed the drama After Everything, which revolved around a couple dealing with a life-changing illness, and that film had similar vibes to much of Green’s work.
Here she will direct from a script written by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, while Fox 2000 will be the studio behind the film. At the age of 25, Marks will be one of the youngest female studio directors of all time.
Any Green adaptation comes with pressure and big publicity, but it also comes with opportunity. Despite her age, Marks is sure to be up for the challenge.