'Paul the Octopus' stars in movie

July 28, 2010 | Posted by Chris

Paul the Octopus picks Spain to defeat Germany in this summer's World Cup, above. Image credit: AP

"Paul the Octopus" -- variously described as "psychic" and "oracle" for its success in correctly predicting the winners of 8 World Cup matches this summer, including the tournament's championship game -- is the subject of a new movie by a duo of Beijing-based film companies, Digital Journal reports. Spearheaded by the China Film Group Corporation and Beijing Filmblog Media Company, the movie is set for release next month, and despite its official title The Murder of Paul the Octopus, little else has been revealed about the film. The octopus has become hugely popular in China, which has a large number of soccer fans: the Shanghai World Expo has issued a special stamp in the creature's honor, and Taobao.com, the leading online Chinese retailer, is marketing an array of octopus-themed goods. Paul the Octopus' popularity has done more than just spawn quirky merchandise -- it has also helped raise the price of octopus by over 37% in some places in Beijing, and vendors note that "there are some customers buying octopus for pets."

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