Studios are always looking for a way to tie a movie to some element of pop culture in hopes of a guaranteed box office blow out. Board games may be the biggest stretch so far, but it is happening. With Battleship in theaters this weekend, it leads one to wonder: What other board games could be made into great movies? That’s giving Battleship a lot of credit in advance, but we can just assume it will be great for the sake of this article, OK? There are other board game movies in the works, of course, with the most notable being Monopoly, which was originally to be directed by Ridley Scott. Others have already been made, such as Clue.
Obviously Hollywood wants to utilize the big name board games for that coveted pop culture relevance, but there are also lesser known and even independent board games that might have something to offer to a feature film (yes we’ve already said the whole concept is a stretch).
Here’s our list of the Top 5 Board Games That Would Make Great Movies.
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With the release this weekend of the film Battleship, starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, and Rihanna, we’re dedicating today’s Doom Digest to all things [you sunk my] Battleship!
Battleship Directed by Peter Berg
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano
Release Date: May 18, 2012
Prepare To Be Boarded… More Like Bored-ed
Battleship was first released by the Milton Bradley Company in 1943 as the pad-and-pencil game, Broadsides: the Game of Naval Strategy, and then as a traditional board game in 1967. Of course, if you’re reading Geeks Of Doom, you’re probably most familiar with the 1989 Electronic Talking Battleship and the classic catchline, “You sunk my battleship!”
After the success of toys-to-films franchises like Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, toy mega-giant Hasbro reviewed its catalog and selected Battleship as its next project, with director Peter Berg (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) at the helm. In the film adaptation, NASA discovers an extrasolar, Earth-like planet with conditions suitable for life. Using a high-tech communications array in Hawaii, NASA transmits a signal to the far-off planet in an attempt to make contact with potential intelligent life forms.
Battleship opens this Friday in theaters around the country. The big budget film hopes to do the same kind of business at the box office that other blockbusters, like The Hunger Games and The Avengers, have already done this year. Unfortunately, the word out now for this “aliens attack a naval fleet” picture hasn’t been as good as it was for those other two aforementioned films.
However, what can be agreed upon by all is the source the film is based on — the classic Battleshipboard game, which scores of generations weaned themselves on in their youth. The fun guessing game which is played head-to-head, utilizing four grids (two for each player) as players secretly arrange their naval ships strategically on the grid, as the other player tries to guess where they are, one grid square by one grid square at a time, until they in essence “attack” their opponents ships. The first player to conquer and destroy all their opponents’ ships wins the game.
In anticipation of the release of Battleship, the new movie from director Peter Berg that stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, and Rihanna, Activision Publishing Inc. has released their Battleship video game that’s based on the movie… which is, of course, based on the Hasbro board game of the same name.
Battleship has players taking control of a naval fleet, and combines both fist-person action gameplay with military strategy gameplay. You’ll be trapped on the Hawaiian islands with no support when you take control of your fleet—including Destroyers, Carriers, and even the U.S.S Missouri— and set off to do battle with invading alien forces on the sea, in the air, and on land.