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The Choose Your Own Adventure movie nabs screenwriters and a director

01.28.2014

Last summer, we learned that 20th Century Fox was looking to make a big screen version of the classic book series CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. It was unknown exactly how the interactive books would be converted to a movie but the goal was to make a franchise that would tie in with books, merchandising, films, and more. While the plot and direction are still unknown, Fox has found the folks who will write and direct the film.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and RENO 911! writer/actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are coming aboard to script CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE while WE'RE THE MILLERS and DODGEBALL director Rawson Marshall Thurber is in line to helm the film. While none of these guys instills me with any excitement for the movie, there are many worse choices out there. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM may be a pretty generic movie, it does have a level of magic that could work well for a family adventure flick.

I am beginning to get the feeling that CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE is going to end up being about a kid and his parent who somehow stumble across an object (a magical book, perhaps?) that imbues them with the power to change their fate. I envision them somehow stumbling across the end of a story and being able to go back and try something different. While I used to be excited about this movie, if my theory turns out to be true then I have lost interest already.

Here is to hoping that this trio can find a more original way to convert the books onto the big screen. If THE LEGO MOVIE can work, so can this.

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12:30PM on 01/29/2014
This would have worked great as a web series. You start watching a movie but then you choose between one web address or another when a choice comes up. The movie ultimately can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on your decisions. The best part is each time you make a decision the story changes a little bit based on your decision. Yeah this could actually work and be pretty awesome if given the right setup.
This would have worked great as a web series. You start watching a movie but then you choose between one web address or another when a choice comes up. The movie ultimately can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on your decisions. The best part is each time you make a decision the story changes a little bit based on your decision. Yeah this could actually work and be pretty awesome if given the right setup.
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11:27PM on 01/28/2014
Thomas Lennon should be a bigger star. The guy is hilarious.
Thomas Lennon should be a bigger star. The guy is hilarious.
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7:43PM on 01/28/2014
Isn't the point of a "choose your own adventure" story to, you know, choose your own adventure?
Isn't the point of a "choose your own adventure" story to, you know, choose your own adventure?
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6:15PM on 01/28/2014

Too bad

"I am beginning to get the feeling that CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE is going to end up being about a kid and his parent who somehow stumble across an object (a magical book, perhaps?) that imbues them with the power to change their fate."

This would be horribly boresome. With today's DVD technology, why not do close adaptations of the novels in a choose your own adventure DVD, along the lines of what Dungeons & Dragons did with their Scourge of Worlds DVD? Forget the cinema. This could end
"I am beginning to get the feeling that CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE is going to end up being about a kid and his parent who somehow stumble across an object (a magical book, perhaps?) that imbues them with the power to change their fate."

This would be horribly boresome. With today's DVD technology, why not do close adaptations of the novels in a choose your own adventure DVD, along the lines of what Dungeons & Dragons did with their Scourge of Worlds DVD? Forget the cinema. This could end up being an endless franchise.

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Unfortunately it would seem that someone wants to cook the Golden Goose and come out with something resembling the Clue movie.
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5:26PM on 01/28/2014

facepalm

Classic hollywood stupidity, adapting a concept instead of a story. Whatever story from the books they adapt, it will be a completely generic adventure movie. What makes the books special is the WAY they are enjoyed, which you can't transfer to a movie.
Classic hollywood stupidity, adapting a concept instead of a story. Whatever story from the books they adapt, it will be a completely generic adventure movie. What makes the books special is the WAY they are enjoyed, which you can't transfer to a movie.
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5:03PM on 01/28/2014

I Choose To Not See This Movie

Also -- Rawson *Marshall* Thurber, former assistant to John August.
Also -- Rawson *Marshall* Thurber, former assistant to John August.
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5:02PM on 01/28/2014
I have no idea what this movie is gonna look like, but damn did that picture of all those old Choose Your Own Adventure books ever take me back. Freakin' LOVED those as a kid.
I have no idea what this movie is gonna look like, but damn did that picture of all those old Choose Your Own Adventure books ever take me back. Freakin' LOVED those as a kid.
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