Well we’ve heard of plenty of movies being based on toys lately (Bratz, Robosapien, Transformers), but now it looks like we’re about to see the resurgence of another related genre: the board game movie! You may remember at least one other movie from the past few decades that was based on a board game, the 1985 flick Clue, starring Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd. Now there are rumours swirling that there may be a Monopoly movie in the works, to be directed by none other than Ridley Scott!
This news just makes my brain hurt. I mean, I’ll admit that I love board games, but Monopoly has got to be one of my least favourite. It’s just so tedious and it always devolves into a major argument over wheeling and dealing. Do we really want to see a movie about real estate? I think the only way this could work is if someone gets sucked into the game a la Jumanji or Zathura. Rumour has it that Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst have even been offered roles in the movie. Why are so many big names interested in this thing? If they’re going to do a board game movie, they should at least choose a better board game… like Fireball Island! Hands up if you remember that one! What other board games would make good movies?