Choose Your Own Adventure Series Heading for the Big Screen...Wait, Huh?
Eighties nostalgia is rampant in the cinema right now, with my generation's favorite toys, games and TV shows getting repackaged for a new era; Battleship, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The A Team, have all either already appeared on the big screen or soon will.
But while those properties have built-in storylines—or in the case of Battleship, the malleability to have one tacked onto it—that are easily translated/re-imagined for new audiences, the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books—whereby readers must decide between multiple plot paths and story outcomes throughout the 'narrative'-—do not. And yet, SlashFilm reports that Fox has acquired the rights to the CYOA series with the intent of, ahem, adapting the books into films.
Let's turn this over to Russ Fischer of SlashFilm. Maybe he can keep us from scratching our heads raw:
How do you make a Choose Your Own Adventure movie? The very structure of a film is counter to the idea of the books. And so Fox wants “a cross-platform four-quadrant action adventure franchise,” reports THR [The Hollywood Reporter]. Cross-platform, naturally, because the property lends itself to gaming and other non-linear media. That’s where it really belongs.
The thing to take away from this is that there will potentially be a bunch of media properties bearing the Choose Your Own Adventure brand, but precisely what will be created is as yet unknown. Chances are we’ll see a big-budget family-friendly movie to act as sales pitch for the whole shebang.
Well, I mean...That kind of clears it up. I guess. Maybe I'm too linear in my thinking, but I still can't see how a movie could possibly fit into this scheme, unless it were more of a multimedia eBook, where the press of a button can show you numerous different narratives composed of alternate scenes...Actually, that sounds kinda cool.
What does everyone else think?
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