A Magic 8-Ball movie? Signs point to yes.

magic-8-ballToys and movies: Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Hollywood executives certainly seem to think so, as a recent episode of The Simpsons so nicely lampooned with this trailer for Tic Tac Toe: The Movie. Universal, which has a deal with Hasbro, already has films based on Battleship, Monopoly, Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ouija board at various stages of development. Now comes news that Paramount — which hit the toy-to-movie jackpot with a little franchise called Transformershas optioned the Magic 8-Ball as the basis for a potential live-action adventure film. Sure, we all played with Magic 8-Balls as kids, shaking up that little black fortune-telling sphere for answers to our most profound questions, like whether the girl we had a crush on in fifth grade liked us back (“Reply hazy, try again”) or whether we’d be rich and famous when we grew up (“Don’t count on it”). But can you picture an entire movie based on that? Concentrate and ask again.

What do you think? Does the idea of a big-screen Magic 8-Ball movie leave you thinking “Outlook good”? Or “Very doubtful”? While we’re at it, what game do you think Hollywood should set its sights on next? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Boggle? Jenga?

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  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Only if Nathan Fillion gets to play the 8-ball!

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    • Tom in STL

      What does this have to do with the story? Stupid spambots!

  • Brett

    Can Yahtzee-the Movie be far behind?

  • pastafarian

    Unless it’s a bludgeony murder weapon in a taught political thriller, signs point to awful.

  • TacoTaco

    The only thing that can save the movie is if it stars David Puddy in his 8-Ball jacket. “You got a question? You ask the 8-Ball!”

  • Katja

    STOP THE MADNESS. That’s just way too many movies based on games that really have no plot. Come ON, at least Transformers had a cartoon that was fun to watch, even if the purpose of the cartoon was to sell the toys. This irritates me so much, I’m going to have to go watch Stephen Colbert mock this concept by reading a “script” for the Battleship movie with Jeff Goldblum now, just to make myself feel better.

  • Josh

    If it’s not like Jumanji and Zathura, in this case, rather than whatever the game says comes to life, stuff that happens hinges on what the Magic 8-Ball says, then I don’t see it being particularly good. But really, having at least two movies cut of that vein (the aforementioned Jumanji and Zathura) do we really need any more?

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