The Future is Bleak as Paramount Preps a Magic 8 Ball Movie
There really isn't any more appropriate time to say "jump the shark" or the more recent incarnation "nuke the fridge", as Paramount is really taking things too far with this Hollywood obsession of adapting toys into feature length films. Vulture reports that the studio responsible for toy-based movies Transformers and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is scraping the bottom of the barrel in their preparation of a live-action adventure film based around Mattel's divination driven toy The Magic 8 Ball, a hollow, plastic sphere that upon being shaken offers affirmative, negative or non-committal answers to questions courtesy of a 20-sided die inside.
Jon Gunn & John Mann (who are currently writing Boo U., a film about a ghost who's sent to school to learn how to become a more frightening specter) will be scripting this action adventure flick that will be crafted in the same vein as National Treasure. Maybe the Magic 8 Ball will operate as some sort of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure device which leads them on some sort of insane quest to stop people from coming up with terrible ideas for films. Either way, it sounds like the studio execs asked the Magic 8 Ball themselves about making this movie (something a lot of studios seem to be doing lately) until it said "Outlook good." Sadly, it didn't go rogue and say "Get the fuck out of here," which is exactly what I'll tell Paramount when I don't see this movie.