It now appears that Robot Chicken was prescient. After the mania of comic book movies and films based on old TV shows, the next popular wave might very well be board game movies. Of course, there’s the chance that studios are simply hedging their bets with a phenomenon that might not even materialize. It will only take one bomb to demure them. But if there is one board game that would be strangely cool as a movie, Risk might be it, if only to see a movie about world conquest.
Deadline reports that Sony has acquired the rights to Risk, which was invented in 1957 by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. Originally called The Conquest of the World, Parker Brothers published the game two years later in the US. Deadline has further details:
Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, presidents of Columbia Pictures, say the film will be produced and developed by Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter. Belgrad pointed to the success of movies from toys Transformers and G.I. Joe (but not to the dismal movie from the board game Clue) to claim audiences have “shown a great desire for films that bring to life everything that has made these franchise properties stand the test of time. The strategic thinking and the tactical gambles that players must take in the game are what make RISK a classic, thoroughly engaging game. Those elements translated into an action-packed, thrilling story are what will make this a uniquely exciting movie.”
I will be amazed if this is ever produced. If they have that intention, they might as well just adapt Hungry, Hungry Hippo right now.