Any child of the 1980s or '90s will fondly remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series, which featured stories written from a second-person perspective and gave readers the opportunity to determine the outcome of a story by choosing the actions of the main character.
Now, as The Hollywood Reporter notes, the series is headed to the big screen.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox is close to inking a seven-figure deal that would give the studio the rights to the property. The goal is to reintroduce the franchise across multiple platforms to a new generation.
John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment have been attached to produce the project. Davis is noted for producing films such as the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, “Predator,” as well as “I, Robot,” an adaptation of the Isaac Asimov short story collection, which starred Will Smith.
At this point, it is too early to tell exactly how the series will be translated to film, although the possibilities are endless, considering the fact that the series touched on a number of genres, including science fiction, adventure and mystery, and featured a diverse set of locations and time periods, as The Hollywood Reporter notes.
According to the official “Choose Your Own Adventure” website, the interactive series was based on a manuscript by author Edward Packard, titled “Sugarcane Island.” Packard approached publisher R.A. Montgomery of Vermont Crossroads Press, who released the book as the first in a series called “The Adventures of You” and published it in 1976.
After releasing another book in the series, “Journey Under The Sea,” Montgomery left Vermont Crossroads Press in 1978, but retained the rights to the series.
As the website points out, Montgomery approached Bantam Books, which eventually agreed to a six-book deal. Montgomery brought in original writer Edward Packard, as well as former Vermont Crossroads writer Doug Terman, and the series was renamed “Choose Your Own Adventure.”
The “Choose Your Own Adventure” book line officially began in 1979 and went on to publish 184 titles, as well as nearly 100 spinoff books. More than 250 million books were printed worldwide before the series came to an end in 1999.