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Ridley Scott Talks a Monopoly Movie

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August 6, 2007
Source: LA Times, Flickr

Monopoly

Yet again another inevitable money-maker movie is in the works, this time it's one based on the Parker Brothers' board game Monopoly. Yes that board game we all know and love and have played many times with friends and family. How the heck is it going to be adapted? I don't exactly know, but the rumor has been confirmed and apparently it's big time director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner) who's the one circling the film.

Per an interview over at LA Times, Scott confirmed his interest and that he is pursuing a film version of the board game. Here's what he had to say, with some rather interesting commentary.

Monopoly is still the most popular board game -- I might be misquoting! -- in the world. So it's really finding the universe for that game. Because clearly it ought to be humorous and for the family -- the funny way it brings out, particularly when your uncle suddenly gets Park Lane and -- in England, we have Park Lane, Mayfair and Barclay Square, what's it in America? Park and Madison? So you watch people change. You're witness to Jekyll and Hyde. Somewhere in that is a hysterically amusing and I think rather exciting film.

Although not everyone is excited to see this adaptation, it may turn out to be one fun summer tentpole to just kick back and enjoy. It will go down in movie history as not being anything exquisite, but something we won't forget as one big fun ride through the world of Monopoly. That's what I'm expecting and nothing more.

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  • DarthSauron
    When is Ridley going to have time to do "Monopoly" when he has a full schedule - he has three projects lined up in the next two or three years: Body of Lies, Nottingham and Blood Meridian, not to mention how ridiculous it is to make a movie based on a board game (anyone remember "Clue"?)
  • That's a good point... Although I'm thinking that this would be more of a producing role for him, not directing. I can't see the Gladiator, Blade Runner, and A Good Year director making a bright, colorful board game comedy... That's just... not him!
  • Samantha
    NO! What is he thinking?!?! This is a terrible idea and I will never see it.
  • Mark
    Why stop at Monopoly? After Ridley passes Go and collects his $200, we have such greats as Mouse Trap, Operation to consider. Heck, Ker-Plunk! and Buckaroo should be greenlighted, too :)
  • I’m producing and directing a documentary about the game of Monopoly called “Under the Boardwalk.” It will feature interviews with some of the top players from around the world, as well as cover the history of the game and showcase how Monopoly has become such a huge worldwide phenomenon. You can check out some clips from the interviews and follow our progress as filming continues at http://www.MonopolyDocumentary.com

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