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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Could Make Its Way to Theaters

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-Supercomputer In the 1970s, author Edward Packard had a revolutionary idea: Let kids actually interact with and influence their books. He started what would become the “Choose Your Own Adventure” line of youth-oriented novels, giving readers the chance to decide what would happen next based on a short list of options. After teaming with R.A. Montgomery, Packard’s idea took off and wound up selling hundreds of millions of copies between 1979 and 1998.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox wants to get in on the CYOA action by turning the concept into a “four-quadrant action-adventure franchise,” which basically means they want to appeal to all demos with the finished results.

What those results will look like remains to be seen. When Packard and Montgomery parted ways, they each took their respective stories and created new ventures, Chooseco Llc. and U-Ventures, respectively. Still, there’s a wide variety of source materials to pick from spanning all kinds of genres, time periods and locations.

The real question, though, is how or if Fox plans on recreating the interactivity of the books. That functionality is what made the books wildly popular, so it stands to reason that it will somehow make its way to the screen. But, how do you give an entire theater’s worth of people the chance to steer the story?

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Comments

  • Zach

    One thing is certain: if they choose wrong they’ll be dead on the next page.

  • Plawsky

    DANG IT! I had this idea when I was a kid, I should’ve cashed in on it!

    The big problem is – can they turn back to the original page if they kept their finger on it? Because I remember that being a rule when I read those books.

  • Kal

    “But, how do you give an entire theater’s worth of people the chance to steer the story?” Are seriously asking that? It’ll probably be a character in the movie choosing his own adventure. The only possibility for the audience to steer the story would be in online polls long before the movie even starts shooting.

  • nathanpenlington

    Live interactive theatre already exists…Choose Your Own Documentary! It even features Edward Packard.

    http://youtu.be/0kMEdxiabuQ

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/sockdolagerfilms Sockdolager Films

    Yes, as Nathan stated, it already exists. We’re also creating online
    interactive videos, which allow the viewers to decide what happens
    next! Personally, I think it’s more fun to be a part of what we
    watch, rather than just being a passive viewer.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/sockdolagerfilms

  • Chris Backe

    To a certain extent, improv also has this same sort of interactivity to it. Heck, I’ve written an interactive travel guide in a similar vein (chooseyourowndestination.com – first one’s about Bangkok!).

    A whole movie, though? You’d need 100 short scenes and some new hardware in the theater. Maybe an app to choose that knows which movie you’re watching and presents the right choices…?