13 Nov

True until proven false. Ridley Scott to direct “Monopoly”. Do not collect $200.

Posted by Bryan White | Thursday November 13, 2008 | Uncategorized

Hollywood, we need to talk.  I know that you’re having difficulties in the creativity department lately what with all these comic book adaptations and remakes of old horror movies, but this has got to stop.  You’ve gone too far this time.  Consider this your intervention.

I’m not at all kidding when I report to you that Ridley Scott of Scott brothers fame, the better Scott brother, director of Blade Runner (i.e. the coolest sci fi movie ever) has been signed to direct a big-screen adaptation of Monopoly.  Yes, that Monopoly.  The one with the dog and the boot vying for real estate supremacy in Atlantic City.  Your favorite and mine, popularized by the once mighty Parker Brothers.  But wait, this gets even weirder.  Apparently, Scott is looking to give it:

an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic “Blade Runner.”

But here’s the best part.  This says it all.

“Monopoly” marks the latest Hasbro property to look to pass go and head to the big screen. Board games and branded properties have become more attractive as studios look to mitigate risk by finding built-in audiences.

Universal is working with Hasbro on several projects as part of a long-term development deal. Platinum Dunes is producing its feature adaptation of “Ouija Board,” while the maritime classic “Battleship” is also in development. Elsewhere at Hasbro, Paramount this summer is set to release Stephen Sommers’ feature based on its “G.I. Joe” character. And “Trivial Pursuit: America Plays” is now airing as a syndicated television program.

Built in audiences.  Adaptations of board games.  Minimizing risk at the box office by offering people a structured narrative by way of an open ended board game with no real story to tell. Thanks, Hollywood.  You really suck.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  1. November 13, 2008 9:34 pm

    Peter Beardsley

    The “Clue” movie was good, but that had more to do with good writing and an ensemble cast.

    If you took it in the campy direction, it might be entertaining. Ridley Scott doesn’t do that though.

  2. November 17, 2008 1:00 pm


    Are you kidding me?!?
    This can’t be for real. . .

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