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I had the ultimate flashback to my childhood upon hearing the news that Fox is developing a big screen version of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure book series. The books, for those of you who lived under a rock in the 1980s and 1990s, are formatted in such a way that every few pages of reading forces you to decide on one of multiple directions for the story. Make the wrong choice and the book could be over in five minutes. Make a different choice and the book could last for hours. Each reading experience was unique and with hundreds of titles to choose from, there was no shortage of adventures to be had.

Choose Your Own Adventure worked as a book but I am not sure how a film would be presented. The Hollywood Reporter says that producers John Davis and John Fox (CHRONICLE, I, ROBOT, PREDATOR) are looking to make this a "four quadrant action adventure franchise" which means the film would tie in with book lines, merchandising, and more.

Could the film be based on one of the classic books in the series like "Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey?" or "Deadwood City"? My personal favorite was "The Mystery of Chimney Rock", but making a movie based on the stories would remove the interactive nature of the books. Could these be presented like THE NEVERENDING STORY or JUMANJI where kids reading the books get sucked into the fictional world and forced to make decisions to progress the tale? That may be a cool approach.

YouTube is home to countless movies made interactive like this which works with hyperlinks and other online tools. But, how would a big screen feature utilize such a trick?

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12:45PM on 06/12/2013
on dvd would work, but probably will end up some run lola run-esque movie, where the characters themselves view how different scenarios would play out
on dvd would work, but probably will end up some run lola run-esque movie, where the characters themselves view how different scenarios would play out
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5:59AM on 06/12/2013

Mr Payback - An Interactive Movie

I'm surprised that no one remembers Mr Paypack the Interactive Movie which was on cinemas? We never had it playing on Finland but our News broadcast did a nice preview of it. You can still find some videoclips from youtube! The movie had people using controllers on cinema and I guess they had 2 viewings per pay.
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I'm surprised that no one remembers Mr Paypack the Interactive Movie which was on cinemas? We never had it playing on Finland but our News broadcast did a nice preview of it. You can still find some videoclips from youtube! The movie had people using controllers on cinema and I guess they had 2 viewings per pay.
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9:21AM on 06/12/2013
I remember it, our local news channel did a story on that movie when it was released about how it was going to change the way you watch movies. The footage from it looked pretty bad, like a sega cd game played on the big screen.
I remember it, our local news channel did a story on that movie when it was released about how it was going to change the way you watch movies. The footage from it looked pretty bad, like a sega cd game played on the big screen.
9:12PM on 06/11/2013
I wonder if within the first 10 minutes you make a choice and you end up dying, is that it? $15 for a ten minute movie? The you get to choose another adventure, argue with the manager to get your money back or leave and vow to never fall for that gimmick again.
I wonder if within the first 10 minutes you make a choice and you end up dying, is that it? $15 for a ten minute movie? The you get to choose another adventure, argue with the manager to get your money back or leave and vow to never fall for that gimmick again.
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9:03PM on 06/11/2013
Dungeons and Dragons put out a DVD a while back called Scourge of Worlds. It's essentially a choose your own adventure animated film. I'm surprised that it's taken them this long to come up with something like that for the CYOA books.

I hope they do Cave of Time first.
Dungeons and Dragons put out a DVD a while back called Scourge of Worlds. It's essentially a choose your own adventure animated film. I'm surprised that it's taken them this long to come up with something like that for the CYOA books.

I hope they do Cave of Time first.
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6:25PM on 06/11/2013
man i loved those books
man i loved those books
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6:22PM on 06/11/2013

I'd be interested...and...

There were also similar books called, "Which Way?". My favorite was a Star Trek one where you started out as an Ensign and either died or made your way up the ranks...pretty cool!
There were also similar books called, "Which Way?". My favorite was a Star Trek one where you started out as an Ensign and either died or made your way up the ranks...pretty cool!
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5:30PM on 06/11/2013
Ideally, A Choose Your Own Adventure movie should be interactive. The audience experiences the movie much as a person would experience one of the books. I do not remember titles. However, I remember reading that other movies have been planning to do interactive theatre experiences. Apparently, people will have their smartphones active during the movie; then, they will vote while the movie plays. The [link] outcome will then show on the screen.
Of course, Davis and Fox could just fuck audiences
Ideally, A Choose Your Own Adventure movie should be interactive. The audience experiences the movie much as a person would experience one of the books. I do not remember titles. However, I remember reading that other movies have been planning to do interactive theatre experiences. Apparently, people will have their smartphones active during the movie; then, they will vote while the movie plays. The [link] outcome will then show on the screen.
Of course, Davis and Fox could just fuck audiences over. The screen could instruct everyone to vote. Then, the film shows whatever scene that the producers plan, and the a caption claims that the scene is the winning scenario. No one is ever the wiser--unless only one dude is seeing the Choose Your Own Adventure movie and says "Hey, I am the only one voting, and this shit on screen is not what I fucken voted for! And, furthermore, why did I choose to see a kids' movie if I fucken swear so much?!"
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5:01PM on 06/11/2013
I love the idea, but how is this going to work? Home video is perfect (Return to House on Haunted Hill implemented this on the Blu-ray if I remember correctly), but theatrically? Have the audience shout out their choice and the projectionist switches to the next possible scenario?
I love the idea, but how is this going to work? Home video is perfect (Return to House on Haunted Hill implemented this on the Blu-ray if I remember correctly), but theatrically? Have the audience shout out their choice and the projectionist switches to the next possible scenario?
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