The Choose Your Own Adventure books are a staple for young readers. Unlike normal books, CYOA novels give the reader a series of choices at the bottom of each page, each of which directs you to a different page, allowing you to arrive at a new ending each time you read. At CinemaCon today, 20th Century Fox announced that it wants to do something similar with movies. It’s adapting the series for film, and in doing so, will partner with interactive film company Kino Industries to develop an app that will allow theater-goers to chose how the story plays out while they watch.
TheWrap reports that Fox demonstrated the technology in a trailer, while Variety says that the studio will create an app based on Kino’s CtrlMovie technology. If made, audiences will use the app to make decisions for the characters, ensuring that no two films will be the same. Variety notes that the audience’s choices will be integrated into the film and that it’ll play out in an uninterrupted fashion.
The idea of an interactive movie isn’t a new thing. There was a series of experimental, interactive films in the mid-1990s, and more recently, Netflix debuted interactive episodes of Puss in Book and Buddy Thunderstruck that allowed viewers to make choices for the characters. Last year’s Late Shift used Kino’s CtrlMovie to do the same thing in theaters. Fox seems to be aiming for something a bit more ambitious for its Choose Your Own Adventure adaptations, however. Variety notes that Fox seems to be planning for a more seamless experience for moviegoers: a refinement of the interactive film format, so that they can watch a regular movie, rather than one that stops and waits for them to decide how it plays out.