It’s obvious that Hollywood is running out of ideas. Since the beginning of film, movies have been based on books, but that novelty has seemingly worn off. Now films are based on comic books, graphic novels, television shows, video games, other films, and, thanks to Universal, board games.
If making the game ‘Monopoly’ into a movie wasn’t a bizarre enough concept, apparently Ridley Scott will be directing it. Yes, that’s the same Ridley Scott that’s directed great sci-fi thrillers like ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’. But I guess all great directors go completely Hollywood at some point in their careers.
I know Monopoly is one of the most successful board games of all time, but playing it always gives me a headache, and entertainment is supposed to be fun! There’s too much counting, backstabbing, and greed involved for it to be a relaxing way for friends and family to spend time together, and someone almost always gets mad and flings the board up in the air, leading to a shortage of hotels or the loss of everyone’s favorite playing piece, the shoe (I’d love to see how the strange pieces will be incorporated in the film). Plus it seems like the headache of a game can go on forever, and I have a feeling that the film might end up being the same way. That being said, I absolutely will have to go see it.
But perhaps another board game movie Universal has in the works will be more up my alley, Candy Land. I was in love with Queen Frostine and Princess Lolly, and I’d love to see them brought to CGI life. The film will be written by ‘Tropic of Thunder’ writer Etan Cohen and directed by Kevin Lima (he directed ‘Enchanted’). And I thought Hollywood couldn’t get any weirder.
Apparently Universal also has film versions of Battleship and Quiji Board (will this be a horror film?) in the works.
It seems like this strange trend is new in Hollywood, but films based on board games have been made before. ‘Clue’ was made into a laughable film in 1985, and ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ got its own movie in 2000. Fans of the board game absolutely despised the loose interpretation of the game. So this “new” genre doesn’t seem to have a very high success rate.
Regardless, there are some other board games I would like to see made into films, like world-domination game, Risk, which was actually created by a French film director. Mouse Trap could be turned into a great CGI film, and I’d love to see someone take on Operation (Maybe it could be about a man who gets all sorts of weird items sewn inside of him after a surgery, and he has to race against time to get back to the hospital to have them all removed. Tim Burton could definitely be involved with this one). The game of LIFE would be a little too boring, since we all already live it, but I would love to see a director try to bring Chess to the big screen. It’s the most intellectually challenging board game ever created, after all.
So while this new genre of films may seem very odd, I am actually really interested to see the end results. Unfortunately, the best part of board games is that you get to play along and have a chance of winning, and these films take that fun aspect away.