The Magic 8 Ball is getting a movie
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant
Before you even ask; I don’t know how they’re going to do this either. But Paramount feels strongly that Mattel’s famous Magic 8 Ball is somehow a good subject of a major motion picture. To me, this sounds like they’re going to take an already existing script and work an 8 Ball into it somehow. I can’t imagine a screenwriter sitting down trying to craft a story about a Magic 8 Ball from scratch.
To be fair, I thought it was ridiculous when Peter Berg was hired to direct a Battleship movie. Not because you can’t make a movie about Battleships, but because there was no reason to call it “Battleship” and advertise that it’s related to the board game. The same thing goes here; I’m sure it’s possible to make a movie with an 8 Ball a big part of it, but calling it “Magic 8 Ball” seems kind of tacky to me.