Hollywood adapting board games into feature films isn’t exactly a new practice, but it’s one that has hardly been used. We’ve recently seen films based on popular board games like Battleship and Ouija. So it only makes sense that a film based on Monopoly would be in the works. Ridley Scott was actually attached to direct the film over at Universal, but plans fell through, and then Lionsgate picked up the rights with Andrew Niccol set to write the script, and has been in development since 2009.
While the development of that film has been slow going, it appears another Monopoly-related film, separate from the one over at Lionsgate, has picked up some steam. According to a new report, the producer of Little Miss Sunshine is now attached to work on the origins of the board game. More on the story below.
Looks like some lucky folks in France who purchase a brand new Monopoly set might get a lot more than they bargained for. During celebrating of the legendary board game’s 80th anniversary this year, 80 sets that have been produced in France will have real Euro currency inside, according to The Washington Post. The cool total comes to 20,580 Euros, or about $23,000. Not bad for a $15 dollar investment (the general retail price of the game).
All throughout the year, there will be celebrations at hand for the real estate made easy game, which was originally released by Parker Brothers in 1935 and which quickly became a national phenomenon, and eventually, a global phenomenon, which it currently is. Through the decades since its introduction to the gaming market, there have been countless versions which span almost every language known to man, and also countless versions which have highlighted a particular product or brand, as in The Beatles, Spongebob, Family Guy, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and even focusing custom versions on a particular city like New York or Los Angeles. All told, the phenomenology of Monopoly continues to baffle pundits and delights audiences and new generations with each passing year.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Godfather, which stands as one of the all-time great mob films if not one of the greatest films of all time, comes a Monopoly home game version which is something for sure that no fan “can refuse,” entitled Monopoly: The Godfather Edition.
Produced by USAopoly — responsible for an endless stream of Monopoly variations, including a Beatles version, Seinfeld, Coca-Cola, Family Guy, adaptations of regional cities like New York and Los Angeles, and sports teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Lakers — produced the game, which was released on June 14th.
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According to THR, both Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming Ridley Scott film, Monopoly. The pair is best known for movies like Ed Wood and People Vs. Larry Flynt.
Now, it should really go without saying that this film doesn’t really seem to be one that could end up being all that worthwhile. Yes. Scott is a fantastic director, but given his last films, he’s one that may be on the tail end of his career.