‘Turtles All the Way Down’ Finds a Director in Hannah Marks — the Youngest Woman to Direct a Studio Film

Marks, 25, will be joining the creative team that adapted Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' and 'Paper Towns.'

We ended 2018 with the announcement of the Looking for Alaska cast and now we’re kicking off the new year with another cinematic development from the world of John Green, with the announcement of a Turtles All the Way Down movie finding a director.

Turtles, Green’s latest novel, was announced as the next adaptation to be coming to the silver screen back in December of 2017. The film will be coming from Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions with Green, his longtime assistant, writer, blogger Rosianna Halse Rojas, Marty Bowen, and Isaac Klausner signed on as producers. The creative team behind This is Us and Love, Simon, Elizabeth Berger, and Isaac Aptaker, will also be a part of the production team. The project is still in the development phase with no cast list or release date established yet, but there is already a director attached to the film. Actress and director Hannah Marks will not only be taking the director chair for this film but who, at 25, will be one of the youngest women to direct a studio film.

Marks is a veteran actress, known best for her roles in the MTV series Awkward and the BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.  She has also appeared in the TV series Weeds, Necessary Roughness, and FlashForward. She has been twice nominated for the Young Artist Award.  Marks also has four filming credits under her belt as director — albeit mostly short films — including Two Dollar Bill, which appeared at film festivals in the East End, San Francisco, and won the CineYouth award.

As it was optioned at the end of 2017 and is now getting off the ground with a director and screenplay, fans can only hope that we’ll be getting the announcement of the Turtles All the Way Down cast next!

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Rachel Gonzalez
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Rachel is a writer from Arizona who recently finished her BA at Northern Arizona University. Her four years in a mountain town got her a degree in English coupled with certificates in creative writing and literature and minors in journalism and anthropology. Her passions outside of reading and writing include RuPaul’s Drag Race, film and fitness. She loves YA fiction and comedy and hopes to turn those two loves into a novel in the near future. Favorite books: Looking for Alaska by John Green—actually, everything by John Green, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini