What? 20th Century Fox Wants You to '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?