‘Dodgeball’ Director to Helm ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Big Screen Outing

By January 29, 2014
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The literature of your youth continues to spawn new big screen outings, from the wrenching drama of “The Giver” (hitting theaters later this year) to whatever the hot new YA property is (hey, hot new YA properties make us all feel young) to the latest how-are-they-going-to-adapt this comedy, the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series. No, really, how exactly are they going to adapt this?

The project was first announced last summer, but now the erstwhile reader-directed series is getting kitted out with a pair of writers and a director. THR reports that Rawson Marshall Thurber, who most recently directed this summer’s We’re The Millers and is best known for writing and directing Dodgeball, is set to direct the film, while Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon are in final negotiations to write the film. Garant and Lennon are, of course, the team behind such family-friendly fare as the Night at the Museum series, along with decidedly more adult entertainment like Reno 911! and Hell Baby.

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So what kind of film will this new Adventure be? As of now, it’s unclear, but THR notes that the team has a wealth of stuff to choose from, especially when it comes to overall genre, as “a myriad of genres were covered by the line and its 180-plus titles, from mysteries (Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey?) to Westerns (Deadwood City) to espionage (Your Code Name Is Jonah) to space and beyond (Space and Beyond).” If nothing else, it will certainly be funny.

While Lennon and Garant can certainly craft fun family fare, Thurber’s tastes and style tends to run a bit more adult – of his three directorial outings, two have been rated R and just one has clocked in at a PG-13. Thurber doesn’t seem especially interested in going for the kiddies, but Lennon and Garant could provide a kind of bridge between two sensibilities that might spell crossover hit. Still, just how interactive is this thing going to be? Sit tight, and, well, choose to see the film when it comes to a theater near you (sorry, had to do it).

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.