So Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up to make a movie based on the board game Monopoly, and there is one question that I’m sure is on everyone’s minds: How?
Well, apparently there is a script being written by Oscar nominated writer/director Andrew Niccol (who won acclaim with The Truman Show and Gattaca, if not In Time and The Host), and a plot synopsis has been officially released.
According to Shaygan Kheradpir: “Monopoly will be a film for all ages, visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure. The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey. It’s about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and, of course, avoiding Jail time!”
One of the producers, Randall Emmett, has also stated that the plot involves a treasure map.
There was actually a previous plan for Ridley Scott to adapt the board game into a satire about the real estate market. The decision to go with more family friendly fare is probably better for marketing, but will it ultimately manage to be fun and interesting or just generic? (And will it take six hours? Because I don’t want to start watching something that will drag on for that long.)