Yes, you did indeed read that right: Fox is working on a movie adaptation of the 1970s children’s book series Choose Your Own Adventure. However, other than the production studio and the director — Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed 2013’s We’re the Millers — not much is known about this film adaptation.
There are many ways a Choose Your Own Adventure movie could go. Multiple versions of the film could be shot and sent out to theaters — similar to the way Clue had three different endings. Or the Choose Your Own Adventure film could follow in the footsteps of the Jack Black Goosbumps movie: instead of sticking to the plot of one of the books, it could focus on the creator, Edward Packard. Or a Jumanji type movie where Packard’s creations come to life could be really cool if done well.
What we’d like to see from a Choose Your Own Adventure movie is an element of interactivity, since that was the whole point of the series. Sure, you mostly ended up dying a horrible death in a deep, dark cave or at the hands of some terrible aliens, but the fun part was that you got to make your own choices. Of course, interactivity will be hard to pull off in a theatrical release and would work better on a gaming system.
Although a Choose Your Own Adventure film could be really awesome and nostalgic — especially since so many people grew up with the books — it will take the right team. Hopefully with Thurber as director, they’ll be able to make something really cool, rather than a movie trying to cash in on our nostalgia.
Jennifer Aniston stepped out of her comfort zone in 2011 and made every male's dream come true by playing a sex-crazed dentist in the comedy hit Horrible Bosses. It was a side of the actress the world had never seen before, but we were more than ready to embrace it. Seriously, cavities never looked so sexy. But Aniston's drastic character transformation is about to reach new heights now that she's in talks to take on one of the raunchiest roles of her career: a hooker.
According to Deadline, the 43-year-old star is in negotiations to star alongside her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Sudeikis, in the upcoming comedy We're the Millers. Sudeikis, 36, would play a drug dealer who creates a faux family in order to smuggle 1,400 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the U.S., and Aniston would be his fake wife — who just happens to also be a hooker. (Hey, you gotta pay the bills somehow.)
This raunchy comedy was written by Wedding Crashers' Bob Fisher and Steve Faber, while Dodgeball's Rawson Marshall Thurber is attached to direct.
Up until recently, Aniston has staked a claim as America's Sweetheart, starting all the way back from her Rachel Green days on the NBC sitcom Friends. But now that she's reached a certain age, the actress has grown very comfortable in her own skin and even admitted during the Horrible Bosses press junket back in June 2011, that it was this confidence that made her want to take on such bold new roles in the first place.
"I absolutely get more comfortable in my body and with who I am as I get older," Aniston confessed. "Way more than when I was in my twenties. I was so awkward and uncomfortable."
This was demonstrated even further after she decided to bare all (quite literally) by going topless in a hippie-tastic protest to stop a bulldozer in the film Wanderlust. And now that there's potential "hooking" in her on-screen future, there's no telling what other racy roles this sexy star will be looking to take on in years to come. America's favorite good girl is finally getting in touch with her dark side — and we kind of love her for it.
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This is the Year of the Jason. Segel is popping up everywhere, Sudeikis is springing from the gangplanks, and Bateman is the rising sun of Gibraltar. The former television star is in talks to reunite with Dodgeball writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (whose name is either petrifyingly hardcore or outlandishly nerdy) for the comedy We're the Millers.
The plot of the film follows a longtime drug dealer nearing thirty who decides to perform one last job before giving up the business. This final endeavor will take him south across the Mexican-American border with inordinate sums of marijuana.
There's no word yet on what role Bateman will be playing, but I'd be surprised to see the increasingly ever-present front-man cast as anything but the main character. That being said, Bateman is known primarily as a snide and level-headed but painfully unlucky type, whose comedy often comes from his being a victim of circumstance (and his sardonic reacts to said circumstances) as opposed to the propagation of his own dilemmas. Bateman as an established drug dealer would be something we haven't seen much of. One could call it quite a change-up. Or even a switch. But for now, the whole situation is up in the air. We'll just have to wait for the state of play. But let's just say, the promotion Bateman has received to leading man has just about the sweetest thing. Um... Juno.
Easy A a teen sex comedy with no actual sex aims rather conspicuously to plumb the best bits of Diablo Cody and Alexander Payne in its upside-down self-consciously campy take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. In the role of its high-school Hester Prynne is Emma Stone the sly husky heroine of last year’s surprise hit Zombieland. Tested by a film that is far less clever than its director Will Gluck or screenwriter Bert Royal would have us believe (and they desperately want us to believe) she passes with flying colors delivering a performance that should elevate her into the upper echelon of actresses possessing brains and beauty in equal measure.
Stone plays Olive the kind of quick-witted hyper-literate teen that our educational system produces in ever-diminishing numbers. (If it ever produced them to begin with.) More knowing and sophisticated than others her age she is nonetheless not immune to the pressure of peers and the dread of being labeled a loser. Under duress by a prying friend (Aly Michalka) to dish the details of her birthday weekend a rather mundane affair mainly spent jumping on her bed to the tune of Natasha Bedingfield’s pop monstrosity “Pocket Full of Sunshine ” she feels compelled to embellish a bit and concocts an entirely fictional account of losing her virginity (dubbed the “V-Card” by Royal trying too hard) to a boy from a junior college across town.
Word of Olive’s deflowering spreads with startling speed aided by the incessant rumor-mongering of a catty Evangelical eavesdropper (Amanda Bynes). Suddenly branded a tramp on account of a seemingly harmless little lie Olive opts to embrace her newly tarnished reputation and put it to good use. In a viciously stratified social environment where even the most awkward acne-plagued pariah can earn respect and even admiration from members of the upper castes for having gone All the Way Olive anoints herself the Mother Theresa of (fake) sluts bestowing her blessing upon downtrodden gents in need of a reputation boost. And she resolves to look the part too traipsing around in scandalous bustiers and affixing the letter “A” to her chest.
There are limits to Easy A’s Scarlet Letter conceit overly Glee-ful tone forced repartee and pop-culture references (John Hughes is invoked so many times he should get a producer credit). Which is why director Gluck must be grateful to have found Stone who handles the verbal calisthenics of Royal’s script with charm and verve and a certain effortless appeal that keeps us engaged even as the film wallows in contrived irony and heavy-handedness. Keep your eye on her.
Tom Selleck's hit 1980s TV show Magnum, P.I. is being adapted for the big screen.
Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wrote and directed Dodgeball, has signed on to take charge of the movie.
The 1980's series made mustached Selleck a star for his role as Thomas Magnum, a former Navy intelligence officer-turned-Ferrari-driving private investigator.
The big-screen version will feature Magnum searching for a missing friend with the help of his former military mates.
Cinderella Man producer Brian Grazer is teaming up with director Ron Howard's company Imagine Entertainment to produce the film.
No word has been given on who will fill Selleck's role.
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Dodgeball is the classic big guy vs. little guy
can-do tale featuring your least favorite P.E. activity. Peter La Fleur
(Vince Vaughn) is the irresponsible manager of Average Joe Gymnasium a
low-end workout center that is losing business to Globo Gym America Corp.
run by former fatty food fetishist White Goodman (Ben Stiller). Peter
discovers that he has 30 days to come up with $50 000 of payments or else he
will lose his gym to Goodman. With the help of the bank's lawyer Kate Veatch
(Christine Taylor) and a ragtag team of gym regulars Peter plans on
winning the Las Vegas International Dodgeball Open and its first place
prize money. Yes folks all of your favorite sports clichés are here: the
salty experienced coach (Rip Torn) with his inspirational
non-sequiturs the nerd with a girl to impress a love triangle between the two
rivals and of course pirates. What? You were expecting a high concept and clever plot twists perhaps? C'mon.
If you want character development go see the folks at Merchant-Ivory. This
is irreverent comedy folks. And truth be told it's nothing we haven't seen
before. Vince Vaughn hones his too-cool-for-school good-guy persona against
Ben Stiller's lycra-covered over-the-top overachiever with a '70s porn
moustache. Stiller's performance is colored with shades of the dim-witted
Zoolander and the granny-thrashing nurse from Happy Gilmore but it
works. The two actors play off of each other and their co-stars quite well.
(Stiller's codpiece alone deserves its own screen credit.) But like a good drummer carries a band the movie's costars are what keeps the audience's attention. And as always Rip Torn does crazy
like no one else as dodgeball manager Patches O'Houlihan. He
chews the scenery spouting nuggets of wisdom such as "If you can dodge a
wrench you can dodge a ball" before heaving a tool at one poor kid. As for the team of Average Joes Stephen Root Justin Long and Joel Moore keep the gags rolling as do the actors who make cameo appearances. This laugher has more guest stars than a
two-hour Love Boat special. With a list that includes David
Hasselhoff Chuck Norris Jason Bateman Hank Azaria I was almost expecting
Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise to show up in a red Ferrari. The
highlights? Well Gary Cole shines in his bow to the great Vin Scully but
nothing could beat Lance Armstrong who laid down the best guilt trip I've
seen since I moved to the dorms.
This is Rawson Marshall Thurber's first time out playing with the big boys.
Quite a burden for a Tinseltown newbie but Thurber pulls it off agreeably.
All of your favorite sports movies will be mocked and you will enjoy it.
Thurber uses everything he can to get a laugh. Whether he's clowning Tony
Robbins parodying '50s instructional videos or using pizza in a perverse
and unholy manner Thurber keeps his audiences attention with enough
breakneck shtick to make Mel Brooks proud. But most importantly he never
forgets the fundamental rule to slapstick comedy: hitting people with stuff
is very very funny especially if it's in the nether regions or some area
of the human body that could potentially hurt or bleed a whole lot.