Ridley Scott Locked into Directing a Monopoly Movie
by Alex Billington
November 12, 2008
Way back in August of last year, Ridley Scott mentioned that he was interested in pursuing a film version of the board game Monopoly. At the time we all shrugged it off as just early talk, but now it looks like it's happening. Scott confirms via Hollywood Reporter that he's now officially attached to direct, however many years from now that will be, and has taken on Pamela Pettler (of Corpse Bride and Monster House) to write the screenplay. Universal and Hasbro are both still intricately involved in making sure it turns out well, with Scott pushing for "a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic Blade Runner." Initially I might be quick to call this a terrible idea, but under further consideration, maybe I'm just missing the point?
Initially, I could imagine this kind of movie quickly showing up in Wal-Mart bargain bins being sold for $3.99, but I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing. What would be so damned interesting about a Monopoly movie that would make Ridley Scott, the man who brought us Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator, excited to direct it? There's got to be something we just didn't think about. Maybe the concept is a lot more expansive and epic than we could ever imagine. It is Monopoly, there are a lot of imaginative ideas that can grow out of a simple board game. Previously Scott said, "somewhere in [the fun of the game] is a hysterically amusing and I think rather exciting film." I really hope he's right about that.
Monopoly photo courtesy of pbrian49 on Flickr.
Reader Feedback - 23 Comments
A "Monopoly movie" ? Ridley Scott must have an idea! Even if this sounds so stupid, there must be something.. Interested in seeing the trailer (when it comes out...).
max on Nov 12, 2008
I wonder who they're going to cast as The Thimble.
kevjohn on Nov 12, 2008
big r on Nov 12, 2008
hahaha, wow that was so funny kevjohn!! Im laughing so hard my stomach hurts, you should do stand up!
Alec Baldwin on Nov 12, 2008
I can not imagine how it is the plot of this movie
Buffalo Bills Hotel & Casino on Nov 12, 2008
Just brings to mind one of my favorite Dane Cook jokes: "We had monopoly; everybody did. Nobody liked it. Even if you think you liked the game, you didn't. And it's simple; why? Because this is anybody here, 2 and a half hours into a game of monopoly.... F*** THIS GAME!! It's 4 in the morning grandma, YOU WIN! I'm sittin on baltic with crap! I'm paying luxury taxes out the ass! And i hate when you're the banker! Where'd you get the pink 50's you cheating whore!? No, don't touch me grandpa, nanna is a cheating whore!"
KAM on Nov 12, 2008
A thimble could be a tailor or someone with a thimble fetish. The plot of the movie could be based on some very rich, eccentric billionaires fighting each other over newly available property. Naturally hilarity would ensue if its a comedy.
Oranges on Nov 12, 2008
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 a teaser trailer, some clips from the interviews and follow our progress as filming continues at http://www.MonopolyDocumentary.com If you are passionate about the game of Monopoly, I urge you to check out our website and email us!
Kevin Tostado on Nov 12, 2008
....a thimble fetish? Not sure I have EVER heard of that before. You've got to be somewhat deranged to get off in line sight of a thimble. And a documentary would be great. Reminds me of that Scrabble documentary...can't remember the name but it was good. However a movie...eh...not so sure if it's roped me in just yet. I'll wait for the teaser before I make an opinion.
seductiveflamingo on Nov 12, 2008
Seductive flamingo, there's actually been two Scrabble documentaries, "Word Wars" and "Scrabylon". You were probably thinking about Word Wars because Scrabylon really leaves a lot to be desired.
Kevin Tostado on Nov 12, 2008
Let's just assume in advance that Scott has sold his 'artistic soul' to Hollywood/Hasbro...!
Tschai on Nov 12, 2008
Maybe Scott's on to something, maybe he's not. Personally I think he's a really hit-and-miss director. I just really think the idea of a monopoly movie is ridiculous, I can see a better movie about the story of the man who made monopoly and what he went through.
SlashBeast on Nov 12, 2008
the idea is so bizarre I will be hooked just to see what they actually do with it...too much talent behind it for me to critisize the basic idea so I will just follow along like everyone else...the sort of thing to keep one up late at nights trying to fiigure out WTF???????
cornholio_by_the_sea on Nov 12, 2008
No. You are not missing anything. There is not any good idea that can be created based on Monopoly. Ridley Scott has officially gone insane. I thought he was smarter then this
Chris on Nov 12, 2008
Someone must have sniffed a thimble-full of coke to greenlight this movie.
avoidz on Nov 12, 2008
#14- You nailed it. And Jumanji kind of covers the board game angle.
nef deppard on Nov 13, 2008
I think this could work as an animated movie about pennybags going broke and then having to cheat his way back to the top. But blade runner!? thats just stupid.
hey arnold on Nov 13, 2008
The question on everyone's minds: Who will Russell Crowe play here?
Hyacinth on Nov 13, 2008
ok, seriously what does Monopoly have to do with being futuristic and with Blade Runner? I mean, just the concept of a Monopoly movie is bizarre, but trying to make it futuristic leads me to think Ridley Scott was hitting the pipe a little too much before saying that.
Alfredo on Nov 13, 2008
I'm thinking an Oceans 11 style ensemble cast and a movie that is all about shrewd businessmen clawing their way to the top. Could be alright.
TookyG on Nov 13, 2008
one word LOL
fatjoe on Nov 26, 2008
I just really think the idea of a monopoly movie is ridiculou, However a movie of I not so sure if it's roped me in just yet..
kim on Jan 10, 2009
Excuse me, but let me just say one word: Clue Absolutely love that movie, and it was done well. This could be just as good. It just depends how good the story can be, if they have good characters, and how good the writing is.... If they can invent another "I hated her SO much.... that flames... FLAMES... on the side of my face... breathing, breathless.. heaving breaths".... They will have an INSTANT classic.
DP on May 19, 2010
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