‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Movie Gets ‘We’re the Millers’ Director

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The protagonist is fleeing monsters and encounters two doors – should they go right or left? Sure, you might find yourself in such a predicament while playing a computer/video game like Amnesia, but generally you won’t be presented with such an option while perusing a novel that was published before the 21st century – unless you’re reading an installment in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, that is.

Choose Your Own Adventure is a kids’ literature franchise that began in 1976, before it sold millions of copies in the 1980s (with books in various genres) and established what is now known as the gamebook format. Each novel unfolds from a second-person POV and lets the reader to decide what the main character should do next, when presented with a set of possible options; keep choosing right and you eventually get a happy ending, while making too many wrong choices inevitably leads to… well, a not-so-happy outcome.

THR is reporting that Rawson Marshall Thurber – the director of Vince Vaughn sports comedy Underdog and last year’s raunchy hit We’re the Millers – has been set to direct the Choose Your Own Adventure movie adaptation for 20th Century Fox. Other behind the scenes personnel working on the project so far include John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist) as producers, in addition to Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (the Night at the Museum franchise) on screenwriting duties.

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The main cast of ‘We’re the Millers’

Garant and Lennon, like Thurber, have a background in comedy fare intended for adults – they co-created the Reno 911! comedy TV Series with Kerri Kenney – but chances are they’ll be called upon to put their family-friendly storytelling talents to use, seeing how a Choose Your Own Adventure movie is a ripe opportunity to usher in a new multi-platform aimed at a younger crowd – while banking on the nostalgia factor with adults who grew up on the original novel property, that is.

There’s plenty of material for the filmmakers to draw inspiration from, but there’s also a reasonable chance that the Choose Your Own Adventure screenplay will take an approach similar to that for Sony’s upcoming Goosebumps movie. In that kids’ book adaptation, Jack Black is slated to play an author whose scary creations come to life and terrify him in the real world; Garant and Lennon’s Night at the Museum script work seems like the obvious template which they might use for a fairly-similar take on the CYOA series. We’ll see, of course.


Expect to learn more about the Choose Your Own Adventure movie over the year ahead.

Source: THR

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  1. Unless they find a way to have spectator choose the actions of the characters as they watch the movie, how is this going to work?

    • Look up Mr. Payback.

      • But how does that work in a movie theater?

  2. Unless this is direct to dvd with the viewer being given different options as the movie goes on, this is never going to work.

  3. They could make this really fantasy, and have it be like alternate dimensions, and timelines, Showing the story with different paths. For some reason I think of Bedtime Stroies with Adam Sandler and how the kids chose kind of what happened in the story.

  4. The best way to do this is to have each theatre show the movie on 3 or 4 screens and at certain points in the movie the viewer gets to head to a certain numbered theatre to see the story they chose unfold. Once the audience leaves one theatre it can be loaded up with another reel option. It actually would be very exciting to experience this

    • This is a really clever idea. That would definitely be a very unique experience and use the location in a new way.
      If only they were going to do something so innovative…

    • Are you for real? Who would want to change theaters 3-4 times??? Oh yea…those people who are late to a showing and get bad seats. Maybe the parent with 3 kids, just so they can make even more noise. I hope you are not in charge of a major corporation.

      • Agree, that’s a terrible idea.

  5. This could be awesome or it could be terrible. My top choices are:

    #1 Cave of Time, of course.
    #2 Space Patrol
    #3 Your Codename is Jonah

    My hope is that it will be a good parody aimed at adults.

  6. So…how are they planning to achieve the actual choosing aspect of this?

    • What they could do, I hope is that you take your ipads to the theater (Disney held second screen live for mermaid and Nightmare before christmas in select theaters) and at certain points, a decision will appear and what choice the audience votes on is the one played. Have different endings as well.

      • That sounds interesting but I would not want to go see that, because I don’t have an Ipad or tablet of any kind and that would be a waste of my money to see some other persons choice of what they want to see.

        • I wouldn’t want to see that either. Either everyone would have to vote before (which would make no sense because the audience would have no idea of context with any choices) or the theater would have to have a series of short reels (and keep them all straight), which means stopping the movie at every necessary point and waiting for the projectionist to change out the reel (which can be a good 10-15 minutes).

          • With digital projection, it could become more practical. With that said, however, I don’t think its going to do well with audiences.

            • You certainly have a good point there, but the problem is that many theaters have yet to incur the expense of upgrading to digital projection. This severely limits an audience. There’s also still the issue of a viable home release in a physical format and I’m not sure digital and streaming services would be up to the task of handling a variable format like that. Each issue presents limitations that carve out chunks of potential profits.

  7. What if they released different versions of the same movie with different outcomes, and you don’t know which one you’re going to see?

    Imagine that.

    • We don’t have to imagine it. That’s how they handled the Clue movie back in 1985 with one of three different endings, depending on the theater. Some theater’s wound up announcing which they were getting because it didn’t sit well with some audiences.

  8. Agreed. DVD-only is the only way it could work, unless they created some kind of voting system at a theater. I like the idea though. A movie with alternate endings. Alternate characters. Alternate plot points. Then you could download updates with more characters and more options that expand the story even further. You’d have endless outcomes.

    I could see something like that becoming extremely popular provided the movie is any good.

    • DLC for movies? Don’t give them any ideas.

    • Minus the horrible DLC idea for a film, Hasbro did this with a D&D DVD that worked just like the books do; you’d watch a scene play out and then have to make choices. The problem is that a disc can only hold so much information and thus you either wind up with poor sporadic choices or horrible vid quality in order to fit it all. Blu-Ray may solve the space issue, but quality would be sacrificed with more choices being made available.

      It could work if one were going to be ok with standard resolution on a BD, but humans apparently don’t work that way once they’ve been conditioned to expect a certain standard, visual or otherwise.