Columbia Wants to Roll the Dice with John Hlavin to Pen 'Risk' Movie
While we're waiting for Peter Berg's big budget adaptation of the board game Battleship to set sail in 2012, another board game adaptation is just gearing up for battle. Over a year and a half ago we learned Columbia Pictures had bought into the board game adaptation craze by making moves to turn Hasbro's strategy game Risk into a feature film. Now Risky Biz reports that writer John Hlavin, who penned the upcoming sequel Underworld: New Dawn and Donkey Punch, and was story editor on "The Shield", will be behind the script that will attempt to capture the classic game of world domination into a narrative story for the big screen.
Though it's not clear how the story will unfold, apparently it will be set in modern day and take place all around the world, of course. In the game itself, players form armies and strategically place them all over the world and invade the other players territories in an attempt to control the entire world. The original game was based in the Cold War-era, but other versions like Risk 2210 A.D. have taken the battle to a version of our planet in the distant future while others have been set in the universes of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I'm not sure what to think of this project yet without a storyline, but if Battleship actually ends up working out, then I'll believe an elephant can fly. We'll keep you updated. Is there any hope for this?
I've had some stupid ideas in my time, but this... this takes the cake.
Amy Pascual on Jun 10, 2011
One day we are going to be looking back on this "era" of movie making. I can picture the collective shudder now.
The Moo on Jun 10, 2011
Two things. One - this is beyond a horribly asinine idea. And two - The original board game was not "based in the Cold War-era" - though that was probably when you first played it. 😉
Aaron on Jun 13, 2011
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