Last year 20th Century Fox acquired the rights to a Choose Your Own Adventure movie based on the popular series of young adult books that allow you to pick different paths through a story. At the time, they said that they were planning to turn it into a “crossplatform four-quadrant action-adventure franchise.” (You gotta love those four-quadrant franchises.) Now this week they have hired a creative team to bring the project to life on the big screen. That creative team will be headed up by director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who recently helmed the highly successful comedy We’re the Millers for New Line and Warner Brothers. Can he successfully transition from R-rated comedies to a family-friendly blockbuster? Turn to page 86 to find out.
According to THR, Rawson Marshall Thurber has signed on to direct Choose Your Own Adventure for Fox. The script will be written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, who are best known for creating the TV series Reno 911!. The more likely reason for their involvement, however, is that they also wrote the family-friendly hits Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum 2. John Davis (Predators, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and John Fox are on board as producers.
In addition to We’re the Millers, Thurber also wrote and directed Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and the Michael Chabon adaptation The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, but this will potentially be the biggest project he has undertaken to date. What remains unclear is how they plan to incorporate the “Choose Your Own Adventure” element into the story. I suspect it will be a genre mash-up of sorts with frequent location changes not unlike The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or Bedtime Stories. Of course, it would be cool if they could release multiple cuts of the movie with different storylines and endings but something tells me that is more ambitious than what they are planning. What would you like to see in a Choose Your Own Adventure movie?