Ridley Scott's 'Monopoly' Gets a Pair of Writers to Take Another Shot
Movies based on board games seemed to be all the rage just earlier this year... well, I should say movies in development based on board games. But now, studios are getting just plain bored with the idea. Last month, Universal dropped Ouija and before that cleaned out the game closet by also cutting Clue, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ridley Scott-produced Monopoly. That's 4 out of 7 they have a contract with Hasbro to make, with Battleship sailing into theaters May of next year - making it the only film out of the bunch to actually make it into production (though based on the trailer they might have wanted to sink that, too).
The status on both the "dark" Candy Land, written by Kung Fu Panda scribes Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, and Stretch Armstrong with Taylor Lautner attached seem to be secure... for now. But that's not stopping filmmakers like Brett Ratner and Ridley Scott from moving forward with these "adaptations" anyway, with Hasbro footing the bill for development. Scott will continue to roll the dice on Monopoly, as he has just hired writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to pen the script. The writing duo have loaned their pen to everything from Problem Child to Ed Wood to The People vs. Larry Flynt to Agent Cody Banks previously. Talk about an eclectic filmography.
Hope they are up for the challenge of adapting a never ending board game where the most exciting elements consist of deciding between a thimble or a wheelbarrow. Which begs the question, what could a Monopoly movie possibly be about anyway? (According to reports years ago, it's inspired by Alice in Wonderland.) As also mentioned on THR, it's about "gaining market dominance via real estate and utilities." Collect $200 if that made you yawn just reading about it. Is there any hope for this Monopoly movie?