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What? 20th Century Fox Wants You to 'Choose Your Own Adventure'

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June 11, 2013
Source: THR

Choose Your Own Adventure

Here's some more established intellectual property for the big screen that's a bit perplexing. back in the 80s and throughout the 90s, there was a line of books called Choose Your Own Adventure, which self-references the premise of the 180 titles that were crafted by Edward Packard and R.A. Montgomery. The books contained a variety of different adventures and mysteries in various locations from Earth to outer space, and time periods from the Wild West to the distant future. But the reader was able to choose their own path, given several options to continue a story. Now 20th Century Fox has landed the rights to the series with an eye towards developing a crossplatform film that will hit with audiences of all types. Read on!

THR says John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, who recently produced Chronicle and also older favorites like Predator, will produce the film, which they hope will turn into a franchise. Apparently they've been trying to make this deal happen for almost ten years, so this has been a long time coming. Still though, the novelty of Choose Your Own Adventure books doesn't seem applicable to films unless there was some sort of innovative interactive element that audiences could utilize (which is something that might end up happening down the road) in order to choose the next leg of the film, making it like a group video game.

Of course, the film could spark a narrative where the characters of the film find themselves whisked away into a sort of game where they have to navigate their way through a series of widely different environments and time periods. Obviously, the project is early in development, so there's no telling what could happen with the property, but right now, we're quite skeptical as to how this will work. But then again, Pirates of the Caribbean seemed like a stretch and Disney turned that into a successful franchise (even if they haven't topped the first film in the series), so maybe this could turn out all right. Thoughts?

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  • Charlie Hard
    This has been one of my favourite series of books way back, I am excited to see what they can do with this. They even made an animated movie not too long ago based on one of the books.
  • David Banner
    Somehow you left out the fact that these 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books, this series, have sold over 250 million copies over the counter?? I think a more correct number is 265 million, but you can go check that. Now imagine all who bought them used or who have played them; well embedded in pop culture. Add that some 20 other companies have published similar game books where you choose the outcome of the book/story. Maybe 400-500 million sold over the counter, in over 40 languages. It was bound to get picked up. As some kind of theme park experience, it would be cool for the kiddies ;) The video shows some limitations of the experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn3ogzLzxuM
  • germss
    I thought these books were awesome back in the day. Although I sort of remember that whatever you chose you always ended up in the same place. I don't see how this concept works in a movie though.
  • DAVIDPD
    Future. Maybe we can text our choices.
  • ZEDG
    So many amazing memories in those books. I always had to make sure i tried every single decision.
  • Sweetie
    Or if Lucas and Speilburg are right maybe VOD or Netflix style we can choose the next part of the story and compile the film we want to see.

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