A Monopoly Origin Story Is Coming to Theaters

A Monopoly Origin Story Is Coming to Theaters

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Let's hope the tickets cost less than 200 dollars.

In what either represents the nadir of Hollywood creativity or the apex of brand synergy, Deadline is reporting that Hasbro's Monopoly -- as in monocles, thimbles, do-not-pass-Go Monopoly -- will be receiving a big budget, theatrical origin story compliments of Big Beach films.

The script will be penned by Howard A. Rodman and based on Mary Pilon's nonfiction novel The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game (as well as Ralph Anspach's memoir The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle), with Little Miss Sunshine producers Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf teaming up with Narc's Diane Nabatoff to make this fever dream a reality.

According to Nabatoff, the novels upon which the Monopoly film will be based will turn our perceptions of the board game "on its head."

"No one will ever look at the Monopoly board in the same way again," said Nabatoff, clearly never having sat through the bitter, profanity-laced, table-flipping hellscape that the average game of Monopoly oft disintegrates into. But in any case, think of *this* Monopoly movie as the dark, gritty, DC-esque answer to the family-friendly, Marvel-esque Monopoly movie currently in production over at Lionsgate.

As of this write up, no director or stars have been locked in for the picture, but given that Monopoly was originally designed to teach the dangers of monopolies and capitalism to our nation's youth, I can think of only one person who is fit to play the movie's monocle-sporting titular character.

bernie sanders

Don't give me that look, you guys. I was always more of a Life fan, anyways.

Source: Deadline

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Pretty sure its already been done. Atlas Shrugged or The Great Gatsby. Both stories about dicks doing dick things with money.
How will Monopoly be any different?

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We learned nothing from battleship did we?

It only seems right that they should accept Monopoly money as a means to pay for tickets. Not that I've ever thought a movie based on a board game sounded like a good idea, so at least that'd be closer to the likely worth of the movie.

Extra points for the Ace Ventura meme there!

First impression: Stop it, humans. Stop embarrassing yourselves!

Post-first impression: Oh, there is history in this board game? With intrigue??

Eh, i'll wiki it if every other entertaining plan fails and the only other option is the mysterious medication under the sink.

Edit: Anti-capitalist, you say? Interesting that there are two different films, one looking to capitalise solely off the brand recognition while the other attempting to teach us the shady history of how the board game came to be as we know it. Seeing the producer is of Little Miss Sunshine fame, one starts to think that perhaps this film is a retaliation/pushback towards the Lionsgate production in honour of its' original lady creator. Sort of like if Konami were to make a fictional film glorifying their MGS success without ever mentioning Kojima, prompting other producers with higher ethical standards to film a documentary on the controversy between MGS and Kojima/Konami. Ooh...am a bit woozy now.

Wait... wait... there are TWO Monopoly movies being made? One is a gritty "origin story" that will probably deal with heavy economic and political themes and another is a family-friendly adventure film.

What the fuck is wrong with Hollywood?

Yeah because this type of thing always works out great, I mean look at Battleship! If this doesn't embody how pathetic and desperate Hollywood is I don't know what does

Hey, if we're starting up a trend of making movies based on board games that are specifically designed to absolutely destroy friendships, how about we get ourselves a movie based on Risk while we're at it? :D

RJ 17:
Hey, if we're starting up a trend of making movies based on board games that are specifically designed to absolutely destroy friendships, how about we get ourselves a movie based on Risk while we're at it? :D

My vote is for either 13 Dead End Drive or Rock Jocks in IMAX, but I could get behind a 14 hour long Risk movie as well.

I'm not too clear on this, is the film going to be a fictional story based on monopoly? Or based on the actual story of the game's creation? Because if it's the latter, that could be quite interesting. (What many don't realize is that Monopoly was originally created by a woman trying to illustrate the faults and downfalls of capitalism, but the game was later hijacked by several others later in history.)

JaredJones:

RJ 17:
Hey, if we're starting up a trend of making movies based on board games that are specifically designed to absolutely destroy friendships, how about we get ourselves a movie based on Risk while we're at it? :D

My vote is for either 13 Dead End Drive or Rock Jocks in IMAX, but I could get behind a 14 hour long Risk movie as well.

The friendship-ending memory I hold onto around Risk involves a game where I only had Australia and a couple of the southern Asia countries. The guy who had the rest of Asia proposed an alliance: if I help him punch a hole into Africa instead of just turtling up he would spare me and instead focus on taking out Africa. He assured me that he was on the level, so I went with his plan...and what does he do? He backstabs me, of course, and goes on to ignore Africa completely and instead wipes me out entirely.

It wasn't so much the backstab that pissed me off though...its that his response to my saying "What the hell, man? I thought we had a deal!" was "I never made any such deal with you, what the hell are you talking about?"

He denied having ever agreed to such an alliance...when it was he who proposed the alliance to begin with. Even with the other players saying "Yeah, actually, you did say that" he just kept saying "You're all crazy, I never said anything like that."

Backstab + Lying About Backstab = Friendship Over.

I hated that prick ever since. :P

So yeah, lets get ourselves a movie based off of that delicious flavor of drama.

Eh, that title is confusing. It will be the origin of how the game came into existence, not a flight of fancy about some story behind what is actually happening in the game. I'll pass.

So, bets on whether this clears 40 million in ticket sales? I'm thinking... no.

ravenshrike:
So, bets on whether this clears 40 million in ticket sales? I'm thinking... no.

Any bets that TellTaleGames are going to make episodic games out of this soon after? I'm thinking.... yes?

You know, I get it, on paper. These board games tend to create meta-narrative among the players, the same way X-Com or Civilization do on video games. On paper, all they have to do is use one instance of the game as "the cannon", and they have the script.

As people pointed out, you can make a decent story out of anything: Make a movie about competing real state moguls and an underdog trying to carve his way... done.

However, don't call the movie with the name of the property. You may seem like the brand recognition helps sell the movie, but it doesn't. People won't go to the movie because they have fond memories of the board game. People will either dismiss it as stupid because it is based on a children's game, or will think the title is a word so generic that has even been used in board games since the days of their grandparents...

I only have one, very important question...

...who's playing the dog?

JaredJones:

RJ 17:
Hey, if we're starting up a trend of making movies based on board games that are specifically designed to absolutely destroy friendships, how about we get ourselves a movie based on Risk while we're at it? :D

My vote is for either 13 Dead End Drive or Rock Jocks in IMAX, but I could get behind a 14 hour long Risk movie as well.

Risk would have to be at minimum 6-8 hours to even capture the essence, and tons of treaty betrayals... I think Risk would be better suited for a GoT treatment as a seasonal TV show. Less sex, more violence, large scale battles and twisted tactics/politics. The best games I've ever had were damn close to ruining friendships by way of board game politics and kitchen side-deals/treaties (sometimes bribes with various foods or other substances).
I can imagine writing a script treatment for a 2 season mini-series based off of an amalgamation of the writers' past Risk experiences.

Samsont:
I'm not too clear on this, is the film going to be a fictional story based on monopoly? Or based on the actual story of the game's creation? Because if it's the latter, that could be quite interesting. (What many don't realize is that Monopoly was originally created by a woman trying to illustrate the faults and downfalls of capitalism, but the game was later hijacked by several others later in history.)

Both. Lionsgate is making the former, and Big Beach will make the later.

Two Monopoly movies... Yeah... Do you think that at least one won't suck?

Finally somebody is tapping the Monopoly film market. I hope they both end in world shattering earthquakes because a giant space kid was losing and flipped the board. Next up: Connect Four and Jenga.

Hawki:
I only have one, very important question...

...who's playing the dog?

Ryan Reynolds?

OT: Eh... Right now, I still think Drunk History did this origin better...

Other than that, I feel Sorry for those that couldn't get a Clue and actually take a Risk at making a good board game movie that's not just the Guess Who of cult classics, at best...

Remember this?

What are we going to be copying this? Or did everyone forget it was a joke.

JaredJones:

According to Nabatoff, the novels upon which the Monopoly film will be based will turn our perceptions of the board game "on its head."

"No one will ever look at the Monopoly board in the same way again," said Nabatoff,

Which is basically code for "We got nothing, but we have to say something that'll get people hyped."

There's already a pretty good documentary out there, Under The Boardwalk - The Monopoly Board Game Story. Ignoring the parts were they completely drop the documentary part and just show recordings of Monopoly tournaments for half an hour, the average person will learn a a fair amount about how regular and professional players play.

 

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