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#1 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:54 PM

Links to our threads and posts on Transformers (2007-2011), G.I. Joe (2009-2012) and Battleship (2012), as well as other toy- and game-based films in development such as Candy Land, Clue, Erector Sets, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Ouija, Risk and Stretch Armstrong. To say nothing of the Mr Potato Heads, Barbies and other real-life toys that appear in the Toy Story movies.

I'm surprised we don't have a thread for this yet; I know that I (and others?) have blogged about it before at our personal blogs over the past year. Anyhoo...

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Ridley Scott is rolling the dice on a 'Monopoly' movie and here's why
Frank Beddor, a pivotal figure in the project's odyssey, says doubters should remember that a film's core concept is merely a starting place, not the whole ride. "Everybody reacted the same way when they heard that there was going to be a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie -- and I did too." . . .
"I created a comedic, lovable loser who lives in Manhattan and works at a real estate company and he’s not very good at his job but he’s great at playing Monopoly. And the world record for playing is 70 straight days – over 1,600 hours – and he wanted to try to convince his friends to help him break that world record. They think he is crazy. They kid him about this girl and they're playing the game and there’s this big fight. And he’s holding a Chance card and after they’ve left he says, ‘Damn, I wanted to use that Chance card,’ and he throws it down. He falls asleep and then he wakes up in the morning and he’s holding the Chance card, and he thinks, ‘That’s odd.’"
Yes, this is all going where you think it is. Beddor continued:
"He’s all groggy and he goes down to buy some coffee and he reaches into his pocket and all he has is Monopoly money. All this Monopoly money pours out. He’s confused and embarrassed and the girl reaches across the counter and says, ‘That’s OK.’ And she gives him change in Monopoly money. He walks outside and he’s in this very vibrant place, Monopoly City, and he’s just come out of a Chance Shop. As it goes on, he takes on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monolopy. He has to defeat them. It tries to incorporate all the iconic imageries -- a sports car pulls up, there's someone on a horse, someone pushing a wheelbarrow -- and rich Uncle Pennybags, you're going to see him as the maître d' at the restaurant and he's the buggy driver and the local eccentric and the doorman at the opera. There's all these sight gags."
The idea of a human dropping down into the logic and universe of the board game (not unlike "Jumanji," I suppose) might work as a film, but how did Scott end up as an interested player? "Well it was that pitch, that's where Sir Ridely got excited. After I pitched it to him, he put out his hand and said, 'What do I have to be part of this movie?' "
Beddor still sounded surprised as he recounted this part. "So I said, 'Do you mean you want to direct it?' And he said, 'Yeah, and I will tell you why – it’s all the things you just said and the fact that I had these epic Monopoly battles with my family when I was young.'" . . .
I mentioned to Beddor that these days, with the economic turmoil and the populist venom toward Wall Street, it might be a an extra challenge to present a film ode to wheeler-dealer culture, renter gouging and fat cats in spats.
"Well it's not about that; it can't be just about the money. To me it's more a metaphor for life, the taking of chances and this character through this process learns that he can do a lot of things. He's completely brave and strategic and risk-taking while playing this game but in real life he's a mess. He won't roll the dice. That’s the character and journey he has to take." . . .
Geoff Boucher, Hero Complex, Los Angeles Times, November 11

Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 09 September 2011 - 09:07 AM.


#2 John Drew

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:39 PM

Next up, Lars Von Trier's Chutes and Ladders.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:47 PM

That MONOPOLY idea sounds terrible.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:53 PM

That MONOPOLY idea sounds terrible.



Totally.

(And I've always kinda thought LvT would make a good "Twister" film.) :)

Edited by Persona, 11 November 2009 - 09:54 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:00 PM


That MONOPOLY idea sounds terrible.



Totally.

(And I've always kinda thought LvT would make a good "Twister" film.) :)


Hmmmm.... "Twisted Twister" perhaps?

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:05 PM

I can't wait for the greatest next filmic board game:

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 10:14 PM

Link to Favorite Board Games thread.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:08 PM

As it goes on, he takes on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monopoly. He has to defeat them.


So, it's a gnostic allegory, then, since he has to kill the evil creators of the world. It's a wonder Philip Pullman didn't think of this first.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:15 PM

There's the Battleship movie, too. And that's just the beginning:

Universal's date declaration positions "Battleship" to become the second film release from the studio's multiyear deal with Hasbro to turn its classic games into features. The studio previously set an April 11, 2011, release date for "Stretch Armstrong," with Steve Oedekerk about to deliver a script.


"Battleship" is the latest in Universal's strong push toward branded entertainment films, and Hasbro has fast become an increasingly important cog in that campaign.


"This is a powerful brand, and in an era where brands have become the new stars, 'Battleship' is a big opportunity," said U Pictures chairmen Marc Shmuger and David Linde.


Aside from "Battleship" and "Stretch Armstrong," U is separately developing "Clue" with Gore Verbinski, "Monopoly" with Ridley Scott, "Candyland" with director Kevin Lima, and "Ouija" with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. As a board game, "Battleship" was launched by Milton Bradley in 1967 and has sold more than 100 million units.




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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:17 PM

Wait, they're making another CLUE movie? The first one did it well enough, thank you very much.

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#11 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:41 PM

tyler1984 wrote:
: There's the Battleship movie, too. And that's just the beginning:

Yeah, I mentioned some of these other toys-and-games-based films at my blog, months ago, back when I was still a glutton for "newsbites" (i.e. back when I still wanted to be one of the "hundreds of voices" that "yelled about the same two or three things", as Karina Longworth so aptly put it recently; in fact, I was TWO of those "hundreds of voices", because I allowed myself to get sucked into another blog around that time, but that's another story for another time).

I thought about starting a thread on Battleship here the other day when LatinoReview.com began spreading the rumour that the battleships would be fighting aliens in that film, but decided against it because it's only a rumour at this point. Might have been worth adding to an existing thread, but not starting a brand-new one.

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 11:57 PM

tyler1984 wrote:
: There's the Battleship movie, too. And that's just the beginning:

Yeah, I mentioned some of these other toys-and-games-based films at my blog, months ago, back when I was still a glutton for "newsbites" (i.e. back when I still wanted to be one of the "hundreds of voices" that "yelled about the same two or three things", as Karina Longworth so aptly put it recently; in fact, I was TWO of those "hundreds of voices", because I allowed myself to get sucked into another blog around that time, but that's another story for another time).

I thought about starting a thread on Battleship here the other day when LatinoReview.com began spreading the rumour that the battleships would be fighting aliens in that film, but decided against it because it's only a rumour at this point. Might have been worth adding to an existing thread, but not starting a brand-new one.


I always thought that spreading unsubstantiated rumors about aliens was the whole reason the internet was created.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:43 AM

Next up, Lars Von Trier's Chutes and Ladders.

OK, I'm guessing that'd what you guys call our "snakes and ladders"? If so, not only is our name better, but also, there's no doubt about which of those two titles would be the one LvT would choose to make his board games movie about.

Can't every war film be seen as an adaptation of Risk?

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 12:56 PM

MattPage wrote:
: OK, I'm guessing that'd what you guys call our "snakes and ladders"? If so, not only is our name better . . .

I want to express solidarity with my Commonwealth brethren on this point.

: Can't every war film be seen as an adaptation of Risk?

Speaking of which ...

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 03:06 AM

Ridley Scott speaks to ComingSoon.net:

We asked Scott if the game would be referenced in the movie at all other than the title. "Yes, absolutely," he said. "It's a Hasbro film and they have the game. That was a tough thing to crack in terms of the screenplay because first off, many would want to integrate literally the shaking of the dice and the throwing of the dice into the board. I couldn't really get past that. I wanted to just make a movie about the idea of greed. I told them you know your game can turn your sweetest, dearest aunt into a demon - a nightmare of greed. So that's what we're going to do."

We also asked, given the current economic situation, whether the project will have a tougher look at the real estate market. "Completely. It's a blood bath. It was really bad behavior. It's [going to be] a comedy," Scott added. . . .



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Posted 09 September 2011 - 09:09 AM

Ridley Scott's 'Monopoly' Movie Hires Writers (Exclusive)
Monopoly may have been dropped by Universal but the project is still a hot piece of real estate.
Hasbro and Ridley Scott, who are producing the board game adaptation, are building up the property and have set Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to pen a script.
The well-respected duo are best known for movies such as Ed Wood and People vs Larry Flynt, and more recently wrote the Stephen King adaptation 1408. . . .
Hollywood Reporter, September 6

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:28 PM

Um ... not just Monopoly, but also Hungry Hungry Hippos and Action Man.

This article isn't joking.