We’re sorry, but… what? One of the most beloved board games on the planet, Monopoly, is about to become a movie? Geez, and here we thought news of a lego movie was as weird as it was gonna get. (Okay, yes — that one turned out “awesome.”)
The question is, how exactly are they going to make that happen? Will it be executed with Jumanji-inspired graphics, or could it go the way of The Wolf of Wall Street with a top hat-wearing Leonard DiCaprio à la Uncle Pennybags? And if the characters DO have to go to jail, will they be allowed to pass Go first?
So many questions, and so few answers since this project was just announced. It’s been rumoured for a while, but this movie wasn’t made official until Canada Day (an unofficial present for us?), when game maker Hasbro announced it had teamed with Lionsgate for the deal.
Here’s what we DO know. The film will be the family-friendly type, as it follows a young boy from Baltic Avenue who decides to head out into the big bad world to strike it rich. (No word on whether the token “Dog” will accompany him.) Through Chance and Community (seriously) he will learn that it isn’t always money that helps you succeed, and that there may be more to life than riches. Namely, making your own luck. And probably building lots of little green houses which can then be parlayed into mega red-bricked mansions.
Okay the premise could use some work (a certain game piece might say the details still need to be ironed out), but the sentiment for a good, friendly flick is there. The other good news is that this one will be written by Andrew Niccol, who also created Gattaca and The Truman Show. So perhaps there will be some dark humour to the entire thing as well.
And hey — there is still a chance that this thing never gets off the ground after movie makers see the script. That happens all of the time, and in this case several studios have tried to make the film before Lionsgate.
Also, let’s just remind ourselves that nothing can be worse than the trainwreck that was the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation.