As strange as it is to say, Ridley Scott's movie adaptation of Monopoly actually sounds like a well-rounded movie. The director of the upcoming Robin Hood sat down with Coming Soon and shared some thoughts on the film he is attached to direct, bringing one of the most beloved Hasbro board games to life. The big question is how will they do it?
Both Scott and producer Frank Beddor have unique visions for the story, even as Pamela Pettler writes it. Considering the economic situation, it would appear the film may be taking a satirical focus if Scott gets his way. When asked if Monopoly will delve into the real estate market as we know it, the Gladiator director gave an answer that may leave people who want an objective and isolated story cringing:
"Completely. It's a blood bath. It was really bad behavior. It's [going to be] a comedy."
According to his response, Monopoly will be funny, but not in the way producer Frank Beddor's There's Something About Mary made us laugh. His comments don't quite blend in the interview, but that may have more to do with them being in the development stage. Considering it is a Hasbro game, the more important concern should be just how much of the game will be in it.
"It's a Hasbro film and they have the game. That was a tough thing to crack in terms of the screenplay because first off, many would want to integrate literally the shaking of the dice and the throwing of the dice into the board. I couldn't really get past that. I wanted to just make a movie about the idea of greed. I told them 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."
So far we've got greed, blood and comedy. This is sounding more like an Oliver Stone adaptation than Ridley Scott at this point. They had better step back and wait to see how the public reacts to Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps before going that route.
Now Beddor's story comes in play. When you look at his ideas, it starts to sound more like Alice in Wonderland. We discussed his initial plans in November, but he has since slightly tightened the concept of presenting a man living inside Monopoly City; a real-world version of the board game. This story is how the production nailed Ridley Scott, piquing his interest in an otherwise eyebrow-raising idea:
"[A comedic, lovable loser] is all groggy and he goes down to buy some coffee and he reaches into his pocket and all he has is Monopoly money. All this Monopoly money pours out. He's confused and embarrassed and the girl reaches across the counter and says, 'That's OK.' And she gives him change in Monopoly money. He walks outside and he's in this very vibrant place, Monopoly City, and he's just come out of a Chance Shop. As it goes on, he takes on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monopoly."
The movie ideas just keep piling in and the possibilities are endless. But if Ridley Scott and Co. turn it into an anti-political agenda film, there will be plenty of message board material. Combining family-friendly board games and "bloodbath" economics will be quite the task for Sir Ridley Scott.
The writer, Pamela Pettler, has a resume which brings even more credibility to a film already led by one of the industry's most beloved filmmakers. She wrote 9, The Corpse Bride and Monster House. Considering all three are animated features, it will be nice to see her dark humor work in the real world, and what better place than the financial marketplace.
Frankly, I'd just like them to make this film a spin-off of the Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls scene featuring the "Monopoly guy."
As the script continues to take form, more information will be revealed. But for now, let the speculation begin as to exactly what the filmmakers hope to tell with a comedy about greed, stemming from the Monopoly board game.
Is the film getting you more involved or do you just want it to end already? Share your thoughts on the Hasbro crossover film in the comments below.
Monopoly goes directly to theaters in 2012 or 2013.
Source: Coming Soon