I would imagine most of us have played Oregon Trail at some point in our lives. After all, it was one of the very few video games that you were actually allowed to play at school – that way, someone else would remember Math Blaster Plus? According to Colliderthe iconic Oregon Trail video game is being developed into a movie musical by the people behind it Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck collaborate with their songwriting team Pasek and Paul (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) on Oregon Trail movie. “We talked about what we could do next because we really want to do another musical,Speck said. “They mentioned [Oregon Trail]and we now have the rights to it and we’re putting it together with them and some other exciting people.”
Gordon added that the darkly comedic aspect of the video game is what drew them to the project. “[Oregon Trail] always had this dark thread of humor running through it because your chances of dying from anything from dysentery to a cut to anything were… Basically, every move you ended up dying,Gordon said. “For us, it’s going back a little bit to our roots in comedy, combining that with the fun of making a big musical, and also just the ambition to also take it very seriously and make a big historical expansion epic to the west that also is about dying of dysentery.” Although a study is not attached to the project at this time, it is Oregon Trail movie is in active development, with Speck and Gordon trying to decide whether it should be an R-rated movie or something a little more family-friendly. There is great potential for comedy in the concept, and a catchy tune about dysentery would be worth the price of admission alone.
Oregon Trail video game was first developed in 1971 and found players leading a group of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Along the way you could barter for supplies, cross rivers, go hunting, and the chances were extremely high that at least one member of your party would die of dysentery. The game has been updated many times over the decades, with the latest incarnation released by Apple last year. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile coming to the cinema October 7.