Not A Joke: The 'Hungry Hungry Hippos' Movie Is Really Happening
This is one of those days where you just have to shake your head in despair at Hollywood's decision-making abilities. But one company's trash is another's treasure, as The LA Times reports Emmett/Furla Films has agreed to finance and produce three board game movies for Hasbro after Universal decided to drop a lot of those properties. The three in question are Monopoly (which has been gestating for awhile), Action Man, and yes, even Hungry Hungry Hippos. No word yet on the approach for that film, whether they'll try to make it live action, a CGI hybrid, or fully animated, but there's news on the other projects below. Read on!
Let's think about this for a second. How can they seriously be contemplating making Hungry Hungry Hippos into a movie? Will it be a commentary on the obesity problem in America, similar to what "South Park" did last night in its most recent episode? Could it center around an eating contest for kids, with the children being on a team called "The Hippos"? Or would they just rip off Battleship completely, like this?
As for the other projects, Ridley Scott has been in discussions to produce and direct Monopoly for over five years now, and though it looks like he's finally stepped out of the director's chair for this project, he'll still be producing alongside Emmett/Furla. That one is set to be first out of the gate and slated to start production in 2013, and we can only hope the final movie turns out something like this Funny or Die video.
Finally, Action Man will center on the British character that was himself based on the American G.I. Joe, and if the massive delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the general sour reception to the first film wasn't enough to scare away Emmett/Furla from trying to essentially give those projects a makeover with British leads, I'm not sure what else they need to tell them that this isn't exactly a great idea. That being said, put Jason Statham in the lead role and you'll have my attention. Stay tuned as these projects develop.