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Board games go reel

Hollywood has now set its eyes on board games as source material for movies.

hollywood Updated: Jul 01, 2011 01:25 IST
Akshay Kapoor

After being inspired by everything from books to video games to toys, it comes as no surprise that Hollywood is now toying with big screen versions of board games such as Monopoly and Battleship.

The scripting and pre-production of these movies has already begun as studios try to encash on the brand recognition of the indoor games. We bring to you some board game-based movies that are set to bring table top game boards alive on celluloid.

Battleship
This is the only board game inspired movie that has a star cast in place and is currently in production. Battleship is a popular board game for two players where one has to guess the location of five ships the opponent has hidden on a grid. But the movie version of the game, which stars Rihanna (above left), Liam Neeson, Tom Arnold, Taylor Kitsch and Brooklyn Decker, has changed the original idea completely and adapted it into an alien invasion thriller. Directed by Peter Berg, filming for the $200 million production is underway in the US. It hits screens on May 18, 2012.

Monopoly
This movie, which will be based on Hasbro’s famous Monopoly board game of owning properties, will be directed by famed filmmaker Ridley Scott. The idea for the project came about after Scott wanted to make a film on greed after completing his Alien prequel, titled Prometheus. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner recently revealed that the Monopoly movie would be a satirical piece about the current real estate market and would deal with property ownership in the same vein as the play pattern of the game. The film is slated to release late next year or early 2013.

Ouija
This movie is inspired by the Ouija board game that’s been around since the late 19th century where a small group seeks questions from spirits while pushing a plastic piece around on the board to get answers. With a reported budget of around $100 million, it will be helmed by McG (left) of Terminator Salvation fame. Buzz is that the movie will be a supernatural adventure centered around a family, and will be in the same vein as The Mummy and Indiana Jones franchises. It has been scheduled to release on November 12, 2012.

Risk
Another popular game that is set to get adapted on the big screen, Risk is a war strategy board game with red and blue pieces for two to six players originally created by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse in 1957. Though the rights to make a film version of the game were purchased in 2009, it was only recently that John Hlavin was hired as a scriptwriter to turn the classic game, involving world domination, into a contemporary action thriller with elements of global warfare. No actor has been roped in yet for the project.

Candyland
The Candyland movie will be based on the board game by the same name. While the racing board game is all about finding the lost king of Candyland on a winding, linear track made of 134 spaces, the film version will be entirely a fantasy adventure with elements of comedy, action and emotions thrown in for good measure. The film, to be directed by Kevin Lima, has been described by its script-writers as, “Lord of the Rings, but set in a world of candy, where there are fudge monsters and people with licorice for hair.” The film’s release date is yet not decided.