Sony Adapting the Classic Board Game Risk as a Feature Film
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2009
What the? How the hell are they going to do this? Sony Pictures has announced today that they've acquired the rights to the classic board game Risk, which was first invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse as "La Conquête du Monde" (Conquest of the World). Two years later, in 1959, Parker Brothers published the game we all came to know as Risk. Since then, nearly a dozen different variations of Risk have mapped out epic battles in the Star Wars universe, Middle Earth, Narnia, the moon, and various periods in world history. And now Sony is planning to bring the game itself, maybe the entire world, to the big screen.
"The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make Risk a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie," said Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad via press release. The only other movie I can think of that's similar to Risk is War Games, which had its own gimmick with the computer, so even that isn't the same. I just don't understand how they can take a game about conquering the entire world and turn it into a single movie. Who would be the good guys and the bad guys?