Hasbro CEO Gives ‘Monopoly’ Movie Update

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:02 pm,

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In all the excitement surrounding Ridley’s Scott Alien prequel changing forms and morphing into a spinoff project titled Prometheus, it’s easy to forget that the filmmaker is still attached to bring Hasbro’s Monopoly board game to the big screen in the future.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner recently provided an update on G.I. Joe 2 and now he’s spoken out about the Monopoly adaptation as well, assuring us that Scott is still actively involved in development of the project.

Golder spoke to MTV about Scott’s board game movie and had the following to offer:

“‘Monoploy’ is still happening, and we’re developing a great story. It’s a very fun take. Ridley is still the perfect creative steward, because he creates these great, fictionalized worlds. It’s going to be a very fun story to tell.”

The Hasbro executive went on to emphasize that Monopoly would not be a timely satire that seeks to skewer the contemporary financial landscape. He also emphasized multiple times the pic would not be Scott’s answer to Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, insisting that:

“['Monopoly' is] a very human and personal story… It’s a fictionalized story of a family, and there’s a lot of intrigue in the story. Suffice it to say, it’s a story about a family with a history, and we’re projecting that into current times… It’s more about property ownership and of the play-pattern of the game.”

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Scott raised a few eyebrows last year when he spoke about his Monopoly project, indicating that it would be more a biting satirical piece about the current real estate market than anything else. He also cited the following as his motivation for becoming involved with the picture in the first place:

“I wanted to just make a movie about the idea of greed. I told [Hasbro] you know your game can turn your sweetest, dearest aunt into a demon — a nightmare of greed. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

There’s (to put it mildly) a distinct difference in tone between what Goldner and Scott have now said about the Monopoly movie, but that’s to be expected. Scott is quite capable of raising provocative and mind-tickling issues in his films, so he’d naturally be inclined to make something creative out of what little narrative material there is to the original Monopoly board game. Goldner, on the other hand, probably has less interest in turning the game into Glengarry Glen Ross 2.

James Cameron has openly criticized Hollywood’s decision to turn to commercial products like board games for story material, citing Battleship as a particularly egregious example. So long as Scott remains involved with the Monopoly adaptation, though, the film should be much more than the equivalent of feature-length cinematic plug for the Hasbro product. Take that as you will.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of Scott’s Monopoly movie as more information is released.

Source: MTV

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  1. Hhmmm, I think it is just my feeling…but I’m getting a vibe, that this could be “the Social Network” meets “Wallstreet”. Lots of money, issues and…houses! I can see the potential. But then again, I’m just trying to think positive and hoping that these new “turn-boardgames-into-movies” will not fail.

  2. I’m still waiting to read, “We have decided to cancel this project because it was stupid in its consideration and we have fired the person who suggested it”. 8-)

    • DOH! I used the “I” word, so now I’m being moderated. Well, that’s better than being late for dinner. :-)

  3. They should make this like Jumanji or Zathura, were you got some people playing Monopoly and turn it into a fantastical adventure film. And the objective of the game could be to win $10,000.00. You could have the characters be rich tycoons or something where they are playing this high stacks game of Monopoly were winner tacks all. There is so many ways you could take this, and Ridley going for the realistic approach.
    I just find this all kind of funny really, I mean its like Hollywood is finding any thing popular and trying to turn it into a movie; I’m just surprised that Ridley Scott is making it.
    Hollywood should start coming up with some more original ideas, but hey what ever keeps the money flowing in, it doesn’t really matter what the movie is about as long as it makes money, at least thats the way Hollywood thinks.

  4. If they can make a film based on Facebook, they can make a film based on Monopoly. I trust in Ridley. He rarely lets us down after all.

    • But The Social Network was more a biopic or a docudrama, not about playing on Facebook itself.
      Monopoly, from the sounds of it, won’t be about how Monopoly came to be, but a movie based on the game itself.
      I honestly don’t see the point of the movie beyond trying to sell more Monopoly games.
      But, if they made it Monopoly: Las Vegas, count me in. :) (Maybe that will be a sequel)

  5. Will be interesting to see how this plays out with two diametrically opposed visions for the film between those financing it and the guy directing it.

    Vic

  6. Greedy or not,a grandmother is still the member of a family,
    Sounds Like Golder is sweetening the description of Scotts storyline
    because he thinks all the “Biting satire ” stuff might keep families from coming.

  7. It seems that Hasbro is trying to be like Marvel by making their toys into movies (Transformers and GI Joe). Although, I do like a good financial greed is good movie. It sounds interesting. I’ll look out for it.

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