Hasbro Inks New Deal for ‘Monopoly,’ ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos,’ & ‘Action Man’ Movies

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monopoly Hasbro Inks New Deal for Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, & Action Man Movies

Ever since Transformers hit it big at the box office in 2007, toy manufacturer Hasbro has been determined to turn some of its other popular properties into blockbusters, as well. A fourth Transformers film – with both director Michael Bay and voice actor Peter Cullen returning – is already in place for a 2014 release, and films based on the popular board games Ouija and Candyland (with Adam Sandler attached to star in the latter) remain in development.

However, the company’s most recent release, Battleship, was largely considered a flop, making only $65 million domestically against a $209 million production budget. The film performed more respectably overseas, but not well enough to fulfill Hasbro’s hopes of launching another Transformers-sized franchise. The sinking of Battleship hasn’t slowed Hasbro’s ambition, though, as the company is moving forward with production on three new films.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hasbro just inked a new deal with Randall Emmett and George Furla, the production team behind current release End of Watch and the upcoming Schwarzenegger-Stallone action film The Tomb. In the next two years, the producing duo will finance and co-produce films based on such recognizable titles as Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Action Man, the British version of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe.

hippos Hasbro Inks New Deal for Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, & Action Man Movies

Of course, Monopoly – based on the seminal real estate board game – was initially set up at Universal as part of a 2008 deal Hasbro made with the studio. That project, produced by Ridley Scott, will be the first of the three to go into production, with a planned start date for sometime next year.

There’s no word on how Hungry Hungry Hippos will be adapted, though it will likely feature some kind of animation. The object of the board game, for those who are unfamiliar, is for players to collect the most marbles with their mouth-opening hippos. It’ll be interesting to see how Hasbro manages to stretch that rather thin premise into a full-length feature film, to say the least.

The next Hasbro production set to hit theaters is G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which hits theaters March 29th, 2013.

Are you game for Monopoly, Hungry, Hungry Hippos, and Action Man films, Screen Rant readers? Sound off below.

Source: THR

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  1. Hungry hungry hippos? The movie?!!! You have got 2 be s***n me! The apocalypse is upon us folks.

    • A few of us joked about something as absurd as HHH when talking about games made into movies……so we were either visionaries or gave them the idea. Beyond sad either way.

    • oh and….T minus 3 months and counting 😀

  2. HH hippos really?

  3. wow… The only movie I could see working for Hasbro would be the Ouija board game. Set up like a Paranormal Activity movie where the board is used and unknowingly unleashes demons. And that is already pretty cliche. Monopoly could be interesting in a Wall Street kind of way but that is pushing it. Whoever thought the Hungry Hungry Hippos movie would be a good idea must be on some really strong and most likely very illegal stuff.

  4. I can only hope that Monopoly will be something like Rush’s music video for The Big Money. While Hasbro is at it they might as well get Geddy and the rest of the gang to do the soundtrack.

    • + infinity!

  5. It’s sad when Creativity and imagination is that dried up that they have to look Hungry Hippos for inspiration! Jesus!

    • It seems more money driven than anything near creativity or imagination. I mean this is a toy company that is now making movies, to them it’s all about money.

  6. Alright people lets guess what they are adapting next…

    The Fast and The Tonka
    Trivial Pursuit: Deadly Pursuit
    Easy Bake Oven Gets Hot
    Littlest Pet Shop: Alien Pets
    The Horror of Furby
    Lincoln Logs Wild Ride
    Tower of Jenga

    Anything I missed?

    • Oh wait Adam Sandler is already working on a Tonka & Candyland movie…

    • Wait, would Twister count? I mean it was already a movie?

    • Guess Who?: Special Victim’s Unit
      Simon: Remember This!

    • Pretty soon, I bet that Hollywood will make a movie based on a line of candy bars… oh, that’s right, they already have!

    • Barbie does Dallas? If they can get the rights, might be a good use of Megan Fox

  7. There is nothing I can say that would equate how stupid these ideas are



    • I’m totally down for Jem and the Holograms!

    • Gem even. LOL

      • No, you were right the first time.

        Which now makes me question my manhood…23 year Coastguard Officer, 6’4 250 lbs.,,And I corrected the corrected spelling of Jem and the Holograms.

        Wife better not see this.

        • 6’4, 250 Ibs, a coastguard and likes Jem! Just add a mustache and a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators and that would be an awesome combination. (^-^)

          • Shaving now! Going to Oakleys.

            Searching Quarters for hidden cam?

          • To late..Wife saw it….She is not going to make my life miserable…sigh

    • ^^^

  9. I dont think i have heard a STUPIDER IDEA ! HHH is rediculous to even have the idea of makin in to a movie ! Action man im not sure about

    • Action man actually had a toy line called Action Force too. That had lots of cool characters. When Hasbro bought the British toy company that made it, they eventually turned it into the G.I Joe toy line.

      At least out of all these, Action Man has the best chance of having promise.

  10. I can see the climax now. A white marble, worth millions of dollars, is slowly rolling towards a villainous hippo (let’s say he’s the pink one) and away from our hero hippo (blue). But then, at the last moment and seemingly out of nowhere, the whole world shifts and the marble rolls back towards the blue hippo. The end.

    • @Anthony

      And if this is truly the script…I suggest you hide…hide deep…HIDE FAST!

      • I think it Will be an animated film about a group of hippos in search for food lol

        • Alien food! Must have aliens!

  11. When Battleship came out I used to joke that Hungry Hungry Hippos was next. I guess they really will make a movie out of anything these days.

    • ITS PAUL’S FAULT….Light the torches! Sharpen the Pitchforks! Rally the Villagers!

      Lets go get him!

  12. A veteran detective is teamed up with a Gung Ho detective.
    Together they are investigation a death a mansion. They are looking for a CLUE….But it is possible someone is setting a MOUSE TRAPfor them…This will be no easy Police OPERATION. They investigate the victim, found out he could have been killed due to the fact he held a MONOPOLY on his industry….But the Evil MASTERMIND of this Crime, is a Man called Simon and SIMON Says..Its time for you to die….Now in a Race against the clock…Two Detectives must work tofether before this dangerous game of LIFE, Runs out…

    Bruce Willis is Detective Mark Chutes…Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is Detective Jim Ladders..Together…They are..CHUTES AND LADDERS!

    This aint no CANDYLAND….

    • A Simon says movie?? Don’t give hollywood any ideas, Jeff.

      • Too late…writing script as we speak!

      • They already made a Simon Says movie. It’s called Saw. I guess they could retitle it as Saw Says.

    • *Together, sometimes we need an edit feature.

  13. Coming soon 2 a theater near you ….Mr mouth the movie.

  14. I know we are not to be cussing on this site.but WTF is going on!!!lmao lmao lmao lmao lmao

  15. And let me guess??these films will be as dark as nolans batman right??lmao

    • lmao

    • Don’t forget the “gritty.”

  16. I for one can’t wait for the Tic Tac Toe Trilogy.

    • Knowing Hollywood, it would either be a car-racing trilogy or a serial-killer one.

    • Hollywood would still squeeze four films out of it.

  17. Someone please tell me this is a joke…

  18. sigh

  19. Hungry Hungry Hippos will have to be a kids live action/cgi movie. There is no other way this idea can work. If they try to adapt it for adults it will flop more than Battleship.

    • No joke, especially when Hollywood has already made a movie based on a line of candy bars.

  20. Clue could actually be a good movie though if done right. It’s Hasbro though so who are we kidding if that movie ever gets done?

      • Did not know that. I was 5 at the time that movie came out.

        • You should check it out. Tim Curry does a wonderful job in the movie. Lots of funny moments.

  21. I could see Monopoly working as a movie. Taking a bit of cue from Boardwalk Empire I’d set it during the Depression (or maybe just before). Make it about a corrupt real estate broker, a business magnate, a government official, and a poor hard worker making his way in the world vying for control by buying up properties by hook or crook.

    Something like that anyway. Ouija I can also see as a horror flick. Action Man doesn’t strike as having enough cache here in the US to make a movie out of. Plus it sounds like genericized James Bond. Hungry Hungry Hippos I just don’t get, but I suppose it could work as perhaps a tresure hunt movie set in Africa.

    Honestly, I say bring it on – Real Steel was better than any movie based on Rock’em Sock’em Robots should have been. Battleship was also a good bit of fun in my opinion, and probably would have done better Box Office wise I think if hadn’t been positioned as a summer blockbuster opening 2 weeks after the Avengers.

    • Real Steel was based on some science fiction short story, not rockem sockem robots.

  22. Score another one for the Mayans. December is gonna suck.

    • …only the first couple of weeks. 😉

  23. Calling my cousin in the Navy. Going to see if I can borrow a Tomahawk Cruise Missle….Then Check Hasbro’s creative department….Find person responsible….locating address…input cooridantes…Target Locked…SATCOM IMAGE…Yes there you are Mr.Ih
    MR.IamStupid……LAUNCH IN 5…4…3…2..1..0

    crap on a cracker!…..Look, I made a slight error in my computation…Seems I have accidently taken out the Guy who made Furby..WOO HOO! WIN NONE THE LESS!

  24. I certainly hope they let Michael Bay supervise the whole Hasbro Cinematic Universe and, in a few years’ time, they unveil the climactic Tabletop Avengers crossover.


  26. I feel like Tornado Rex could be a good movie.

  27. This is just sad…

  28. action man could work as an espionage-series, monopoly as an world business thriller and the hippos as an animation movie for kids. i still find it laughable that the sources are games and toy-lines,but let´s wait and see.