Magic 8 Ball Movie in Development at Blumhouse, Mattel

Variety | 3/5/2021 | Dave McNary
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It is certain that a “Magic 8 Ball” movie is in the works. In fact, you may rely on it.

A movie centered on the fortune-telling toy, which dates back to the 1950s, is being developed by Mattel Films and Blumhouse Productions. “Fantasy Island” director Jeff Wadlow is attached to helm and will script with collaborators Jillian Jacobs and Chris Roach.

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The sooth-saying device contains a white 20-sided die floating in blue-tinted alcohol. Each of the die’s 20 faces has a brief message — 10 affirmative, five negative, and five non-committal — read through a window on the ball’s bottom. The replies are to be looked at after asking the ball a yes–no question and include “It is certain,” “You may rely on it,” “Better not tell you now,” “Ask again later,” “Don’t count on it” and “Outlook not so good.”

The latest roll of “Magic 8 Ball” was announced Monday as Mattel Films’ first partnership with an independent studio. Universal had launched development in 2006 with Tom Shadyac attached and Paramount...
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