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."
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.