Remember last year when we first heard that Ridley Scott was interested in directing a movie version of the board game Monopoly, and we sort of all scoffed at it? It’s been over a year, and I think everyone pretty much assumed the whole “Monopoly movie” thing was just someone’s idea of a sick joke. As it turns out, not so much. Yeah, they really are making a movie based on a board game, and Scott really is interested in directing it. Or at least, that’s what the trades are saying. What’s more, this apparently won’t be just a silly movie about a guy with a mustache and top hat running around with a bag full of money, it’ll have a “futuristic sheen” similar to what Scott did with “Blade Runner”. I have absolutely no idea what that means, but that’s what they’re saying.
Read it and weep:
The feature project has brought on Pamela Pettler to write the screenplay; She penned Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” Gil Kenan’s “Monster House” and the upcoming animated adventure “9,” produced by Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.
And Ridley Scott, who has been attached as a producer on “Monopoly” and has been mentioned as a possible director, is now officially attached to helm the project, with an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic “Blade Runner.”
In addition to Scott, Giannina Facio and Hasbro’s Brian Goldner are also producing the movie, which will shape a narrative out of the iconic real-estate game. Lawrence Grey will oversee for Universal and Bennett Schneir will oversee for Hasbro.
Yeah, I still have no idea how they’re going to turn this into a movie. Good luck, Ridley Scott!
Below: This is such a bad idea in so, so many ways…