‘Monopoly’ Origins Movie to Tell Beginnings of Classic Board Game

     October 27, 2015


There has been a lot in terms of board-game-to-movie adaptations, all the way back to the days of Clue and up to now with Ouija 2 and that Adam Sandler Candyland movie (which will hopefully never be developed ever). But how about a movie adapted from a book about the origins of a classic board game? While Andrew Niccol is writing the screenplay for a Monopoly movie, a new film will tell how this Hasbro game came to be.

Variety reports that Peter Saraf, the producer of Little Miss Sunshine, is working with Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach Films to produce the film that partially adapts The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game. While on the surface it doesn’t sound so scandalous, the Mary Pilon book traces the game’s history back to Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips, who created The Landlord’s Game in order to depict the consequences of concentrating land in private monopolies. This would lead Parker Brothers to sell the game Monopoly in 1935.

The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle by Ralph Anspach will also serve as source material for the film, and it’s up to Howard A. Rodman, newly elected president of the Writers Guild of America to fuse all this material into a script. Sure, this sounds more appropriate for something like Drunk History, but perhaps with the right behind-the-scenes talent this could be something. It’s too early on for a director to be announced, so we’ll have to wait and see how this shapes up.

Then in the other corner is Niccol’s film, which will be made by Lionsgate and Hasbro as more of “a big, crowd-pleasing event film” that has family appeal, according to studio co-president Erik Feig. Translation, this’ll probably be more Pixels than a dramatic approach.  Do not pass Go, not collect $200.


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