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Candy Land and Monopoly board game movies? WTF.

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http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14236.html

Variety is reporting that Universal is planning to take the silver screen to new heights of saccharinity with an adaptation of Hasbro’s tyke-skewing board game Candy Land. Although there is little in the way of a track record for this sort of “marzipan movie,” Universal is hoping that the results will be better than the movie version of Clue, which earned a mere $14.6 million back in 1985. Candy Land is just the latest, sweetest cinematic fruit of an agreement between Universal and Hasbro from early last year (see “Monopoly, Magic Movies on Tap”). Bladerunner helmer Ridley Scott, no doubt chastened by his experience with Kingdom of Heaven, has already signed on for a film based Monopoly (see “Ridley Scott to Direct Monopoly”).

For its Candy Land adaptation Universal has already secured talent with a proven track record in delivering hit films targeting a family audience. According to Variety, Universal has tapped Kevin Lima, who helmed the highly successful Enchanted for Disney, to handle the directing chores, while Etan Cohen (Madagascar 2) is writing the screenplay.

Why in the hell are they going to turn these two board games into movies? The monopoly movie better have a get out of free card. :wtf:


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Well Clue was a good movie and it at least had a murder mystery theme to back up a movie. Monopoly has a better chance for being a movie than candy land because the Candy Land movie will be what, a couple kids tripping on mushrooms trying to find the evil witch's gingerbread house? and I bet it will be in 3D. :P


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I think it is obvious that Candy Land is going to be a kiddy movie that will make parents stomachs turn.

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I at least hope though that Monopoly is a PG-13 comedy following some old bald white guy with a mustache... And doesn't go anywhere near romance because that would just make it lame.

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The board game I'd like to see turned into a movie is, Sorry (Rated R). A Death Race like film where the winning team of drivers gets to live. Creating a constant want to knock the other team's drivers off the road (And kill causing the need for new drivers for teams to start at the beginning.).


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Wow, if Sorry could get turned into an R rated death race like movie, then monopoly could be turned into a new scarface movie with territory and drug monopolies. X'D


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And now Clue is being remade. X'D

http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14403.html

ore Verbinski, who accomplished the unlikely feat of turning an amusement park ride into a billion dollar motion picture franchise, is about to attempt to do the same thing with a board game. According to The Hollywood Reporter Verbinski is in final negotiations with Universal to direct a new feature film based on the perennially popular board game Clue. A year ago Universal and Hasbro signed a pact to work together to develop movies based on Hasbro-owned properties, and Clue is considered to be one of the most promising of those properties.

In fact Paramount did make a movie based on Clue some 25 years ago. It starred Christopher Lloyd and Madelaine Kahn and was as much a campy comedy as it was a mystery. It also featured three different endings (with different murderers) with three different versions released to theaters.

Verbinski is currently directing the animated feature Rango for Paramount, so Clue may not be the first Hasbro board game to reach the silver screen since Ridley Scott is working on an adaptation of Monopoly (see “Ridley Scott to Direct Monopoly”), Etan Cohen is writing an adaptation of Candyland (see “Board Game to Big Screen”), and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes has announced an Ouija Board movie.


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And now Battleship. wtf.

http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/14970.html

Peter Berg (Hancock) is slated to direct a film based on Hasbro’s Battleship game, according to multiple sources. Jon and Erich Hoeber, who wrote Whiteout, are writing the script.

The film is part of a long term deal between Hasbro and Universal (see “Monopoly, Magic Movies on Tap?”).


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Wow. You know, when people have said in the past that Hollywood has hit rock bottom? Yeah, apparently Hollywood just kept digging. *rolls eyes*


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Hasbro just keeps the movie deals coming. Now its Stretch Armstrong. :wtf:

http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/15080.html

Hasbro and Universal Pictures have announced a deal to produce a movie based on the retro Stretch Armstrong toy. Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) and screenplay writer Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty) will team up to bring Stretch to the big screen on April 15, 2011.

“Stretch Armstrong is a character I have wanted to see on screen for a long time,” said Grazer. “He’s an unconventional kind of super hero with a power that no one would want. It’s a story about a guy stretching – if you will – the limits of what is possible to become all that he can be.”

Blond and uncannily flexible, Stretch Armstrong was originally produced in 1976 and was re-launched in the 1990s with a new villain and canine sidekick. The movie is the latest in a number of Hasbro toy and game products to be announced as receiving the big-screen treatment (see “Board Game to the Big Screen”, “Ridley Scott to Direct ‘Monopoly’, “’Battleship’ Gets Director, Writers”, “’Pirates’ Helmer Gets a ‘Clue’”) as part of a six-year agreement between Hasbro and Universal (see “’Monopoly,’ ‘Magic’ Movies on Tap?”) in the wake of the great success of Universal’s 2007 Transformers movie.


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And now Hasbro sold Ouija movie rights... I bet this movie will actually be about people literally using the ouija board. O_O

http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/16157.html

dward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who are writer/producers on the hit ABC series Lost, are penning the board game to screen adaptation of Ouija for Universal. Created in the 1890s and acquired by Parker Bros. in 1966, the Ouija board is the 20th Century’s most direct link to the spiritualism that proved so popular in the Victorian era. Hasbro reports sales of more than 12 million copies of the various iterations of the Ouija Board since Parker Bros. acquired the rights in the 1960s.

Universal is developing the Ouija film as part of its deal with Hasbro that has already seen development start on films based on Monopoly, Stretch Armstrong, Candyland, Battleship and other Hasbro properties (see “Monopoly, Magic Movies on Tap?”). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal sees Ouija as a supernatural action-adventure movie. Some rules of the game such as “never use it alone,” “never use it in a graveyard,” and “always say goodbye” may figure in the film’s plot.

In addition to their work on Lost, Kitsis and Horowitz wrote the screenplay for the Tron sequel, Tron Legacy.


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This is just my sheer stupidity... But an Ouija movie sounds like a major flopper at the box office...


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