Director found for Choose Your Own Adventure movie

News Simon Brew 29 Jan 2014 - 05:51

The Choose Your Own Adventure books are heading to the big screen, courtesy of Dodgeball's Rawson Marshall Thurber...

It was revealed last summer that there were plans to adapt the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books into a movie. It wasn't clear which of the many books in the series - there ended up being over 150 of them - would be centred on, nor how the adventure choosing gimmick would translate to the big screen. Yet we might just be finding out soon: it turns out that this is very much an active project.

Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon - who penned the Night At The Museum movies and are also working on the new Naked Gun film - have been hired to oversee the script (and have been involved for a while). And now it's been revealed that Rawson Marshall Thurber - he of Dodgeball and We're The Millers fame - is set to direct.

Now if some enterprising British studio fancies taking a stab at the Fighting Fantasy books too, that'll make for a very satisfactory Wednesday, thank you very much...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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Erm.... how?
The inherent nature of the books means there is no single narrative. Are we going to see a sliding doors style scenario?

I always thought these books would work brilliantly as a DVD series where all the various possibilities are filmed and the viewer gets to choose what happens next at certain points via the remote in a similar manner to how the books worked. As a slightly sadistic young man I always used to purposely choose the bad options and see what kind of danger or death I could find the characters in ;-)

That's exactly my thinking! While I'm very interested in what it will look like, I just can't see how it would work as there are DIFFERENT endings! Definitely not my first choice for a movie idea!

I always thought Creature Of Havoc would make an ace film in itself. Sort of like Swamp Thing. With lots of Hobbit deaths.

It might be like that scene in Futurama. Press 1 to see Calculon race to the space battle or press 2 to see him double check his paper work

A film about holding ones fingers in lots of pages so that you can backtrack is an interesting proposition.

Turn to page 125 to leave the cinema early and go to the pub.

They did an animated DVD a few years ago based on the first CYOA book. There was a Dungeons & Dragons DJD release called Scourge of Worlds that likewise was interactive. I honestly don't see how they can replicate the gimmick in the theatre unless they pull the same stunt they did with Clue back in 1980s and have different versions in different threatres.

Did you ever see the Scourge of Worlds DVD? It was a D&D choose your own adventure-style CGI movie. It was a bit of a flop financially, so they didn't make any more, but worthwhile having a look if you're interested in seeing how the format would have been ripe for these types of choose your own adventure thingies...

Oops only just saw this comment after I made my own. Scourge of Worlds was very flawed, but it would have been interesting to see how they refined the idea if they had made more...

This is exactly what the muliplex was invented for! "You come to a fork in the road. To turn left, go to screen 3. To turn right, go to screen 7."

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