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Magic 8 Ball movieA feature film based on a trivial toy from the '80s? All signs point to yes.

Vulture is reporting that Paramount is moving forward with plans to build a "sort of live-action 'National Treasure'-style action-adventure movie" around the Magic 8 Ball, the liquid-filled, fortune-telling apparatus that hit its Zenith as a piece of American kitch in the 1980s.

Title? 'Magic 8 Ball: The Motion Picture.' (Why not?)

However, the most surprising thing here isn't that Paramount appears, from all reports, 100 percent serious about its plans -- the studio has hired screenwriters Jon Gunn and John Mann to put together a story -- but rather that those plans have actually been in the works for four years. Magic 8 Ball movieA feature film based on a trivial toy from the '80s? All signs point to yes.

Vulture is reporting that Paramount is moving forward with plans to build a "sort of live-action 'National Treasure'-style action-adventure movie" around the Magic 8 Ball, the liquid-filled, fortune-telling apparatus that hit its Zenith as a piece of American kitch in the 1980s.

Title? 'Magic 8 Ball: The Motion Picture.' (Why not?)

However, the most surprising thing here isn't that Paramount appears, from all reports, 100 percent serious about its plans -- the studio has hired screenwriters Jon Gunn and John Mann to put together a story -- but rather that those plans have actually been in the works for four years.

The idea first came about in 2006, when Universal announced that director Tom Shadyac ('Evan Almighty') was attached to the project. But now, apparently, Shadyac's out as director, Paramount is in as the backers and Mattel -- who manufactures the Magic 8 Ball -- has appointed two of its executives (Tim Kilpin, Barry Waldo) as producers, to give this project a, um, good outlook.

No word yet on development deals for the Pet Rock, Jenga or the Rubik's Cube.